Sunderland submit offer for ex-Newcastle transfer target, claim French club

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French club Lyon claim Sunderland have made an offer for transfer-listed ex-Newcastle United transfer target Clement Grenier.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is keen to boost his options in the middle of the park this summer, with both an attacking and a box-to-box midfielder on his radar, as well as re-signing former loanee Yann M'Vila.

Lyon say they have received a bid from the Black Cats for playmaker Grenier, placed on the transfer list by the Ligue 1 outfit at the end of last season after struggling with injuries for two years.

Chief executive Jean-Michel Aulas has made no secret of the club's desire to offload Grenier, who has also been linked with Middlesbrough.

"At the moment, we have not had many enquiries," Aulas told the French media, with another two years to run on Grenier's contract.

"We had an offer from Sunderland, I do not know what the status of that is.

"There has also been an enquiry from Italy.

"He has his own destiny in his hands."

Grenier was rated as one of the top midfielders in Europe a couple of years ago and was the subject of a failed £12million bid from Newcastle in January 2014 after the Magpies sold Yohan Cabaye.

But injuries have derailed his progress, with the French international making just 24 league appearances over the last two years.