No Sunderland bid for Swedish international, insist French club

Ola Toivonen.
Ola Toivonen.
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French club Rennes insist they have no received no bid from Sunderland for Ola Toivonen after rumours linking the Swedish international to a reunion with Dick Advocaat.

There has been speculation for several days over whether forward Toivonen could be a target for Sunderland after he enjoyed a successful spell working under Advocaat at PSV Eindhoven.

Rennes are looking to offload Toivonen, who has previously been linked with both Sunderland and Newcastle, this summer - 18 months after he joined the Brittany-based club in a £2million switch.

But sources close to the Ligue 1 club are only aware of Premier League interest from top flight new boys Bournemouth, with Greek side PAOK and Turkish outfit Trabzonspor also making enquiries.

And when asked about the speculation surrounding Sunderland, Rennes boss Philippe Montanier told the French press: “We have not received any offer.”

Advocaat has already been reunited with one of his former players so far this summer after landing ex-PSV winger Jeremain Lens in an £8milllion deal.

While he has been used as a striker by Rennes, Toivonen enjoyed a successful spell as an attacking midfielder in that PSV side - a position Sunderland remain keen to address this summer.