Sunderland AFC transfer news: Cats and Marseille battle for Swansea City ace, European clubs track striker

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
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Marseille have entered the race for Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who has been linked with a summer move to the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is looking to bolster his attacking options and Gomis - along with fellow Swansea forward Andre Ayew - have been strongly linked.

Reports in France suggest Gomis, who has two years left on his contract, could be returning to his homeland, but also has an offer from a Premier League side.

According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Marseille are interested in signing Gomis, as they’re looking for a replacement for Michy Batshuayi, who is wanted by Crystal Palace.

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Meanwhile, Sunderland are one of many clubs across Europe who have been offered the services of ex-Manchester City frontman Edin Dzeko.

Speculation persists in Italy over a Sunderland move to bring Dzeko back to the Premier League, with a new striker the priority for Alladyce in the transfer market this summer.

However, it is thought that Dzeko has been touted around a host of sides – including Sunderland and Bundesliga side Schalke.

There have been major question marks over his future at Roma after just eight Serie A goals following a move from Man City 12 months ago.

Agents have been made aware of Sunderland’s need for an addition to their attacking ranks, and the Black Cats were among those clubs offered the services of Dzeko as a consequence.
And finally, England need a new manager after the humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland - and Allardyce is among the bookies contenders.

Sky Bet have Allardyce at 11/1 with current Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate the early favourite to replace Roy Hodgson, who resigned in the wake of last night's 2-1 defeat.

Bet Victor and Paddy Power have Allardyce at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.

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