Monaco have agreed an £11million fee for rumoured Sunderland target Djibril Sidibe, according to reports in France.
Defender Sidibe has been linked with Sunderland throughout the summer, with the Black Cats eager to land a new right-back this summer.
But Southampton, Paris St-Germain, Watford and Monaco have also been tracking the progress of the 23-year-old, with the latter now appearing to be on the verge of winning the transfer battle.
Reports in France have indicated that Monaco have agreed an £11m deal with Lille, with midfielder Rony Lopes moving in the opposite direction on loan.
That won’t necessarily come as a major blow to Sunderland, with big question marks over whether the Black Cats would have been willing to meet Lille’s lofty asking price for a player who was on the reserve list for the France Euro 2016 squad.
The big-money addition to Sunderland’s ranks this summer is expected to be a striker - with £15m Diafra Sakho at the top of the hit-list - while Allardyce also needs to address another four positions.
Sunderland are also keen to bring last season’s loanee DeAndre Yedlin back to the Stadium of Light after his dramatic improvement over the second half of the season.
As the Echo reported last month, Sunderland are looking at another season-long loan - with a view to a permanent deal - for the American.
Meanwhile, Sunderland and Aston Villa have been linked with Bordeaux right-back Frederic Guilbert, who is entering the last year of his contract.