Clement Grenier is unlikely to take the place of fellow midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini on Sunderland’s books.
French club Lyon publicly confirmed last weekend that Sunderland had made a bid for ex-Newcastle transfer target Grenier, who has also been linked with Middlesbrough this summer.
Grenier is on the transfer list at Lyon and the Ligue 1 outfit’s chairman was evidently looking to flush out interest in the France international, whose stock has fallen over the last two years due to injury troubles.
However, the Echo understands that despite Sunderland’s approach, they are unlikely to follow up their interest in Grenier and he is not among the Black Cats’ main midfield targets this summer.
Sunderland are yet to bring in any fresh faces during the close season – albeit the transfer window only formally opened last Friday – but Sam Allardyce is keen to bolster his options in the middle of the park.
Allardyce wants a box-to-box player, an attacking midfielder, plus the return of last season’s loanee Yann M’Vila, who remains in limbo at parent club Rubin Kazan.
M’Vila has not been included on Kazan’s pre-season tour of Austria, but Sunderland are yet to reach an agreement over a transfer fee with the Russian club, who are looking for a sizeable return, despite only six months remaining on the Frenchman’s contract.
Sunderland are making progress on offloading a midfielder though, with Torino now in pole position to land Giaccherini after reports emerged in Italy earlier this week that the Serie A outfit were close to agreeing a £1.5million fee with the Black Cats.
Giaccherini’s impressive displays for Italy at Euro 2016 have not altered his status at Sunderland, with the club pushing ahead with plans to offload the high-earning 31-year-old, who has only 12 months remaining on his contract.
The ex-Juventus man’s exit is not imminent, but it looks increasingly likely that Torino will beat off interest from fellow Italian sides Bologna and Fiorentina to win the race for his signature.