Sunderland's chances of landing Swansea City winger Andre Ayew look set to rest on the club smashing its record transfer fee.
Swans boss Francesco Guidolin insists he doesn’t want 12-goal top scorer Ayew to leave south Wales as he plans to transform him into an out-and-out striker.
But the Echo understands Ayew would be allowed to leave this summer if they receive a suitable offer, in the region of £15million.
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Meanwhile, Sunderland striker Danny Graham is a wanted man with Scottish champions Celtic joining the race for his signature.
Graham is top of new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' wishlist according to reports.
The former Swansea City and Liverpool manager was appointed the new manager at Parkhead earlier this week and has immediately set about drawing up a list of summer transfer targets.
The 30-year-old frontman is surplus to requirements on Wearside and will be leaving.
Meanwhile, dozens of experienced players are set to be released by Premier League clubs up and down the land.
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And finally, Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore was involved in two goals as England Under-21s all but secured a place in the Toulon Tournament final with a convincing 4-0 win over Paraguay Under-23s.
He combined with Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek to set up Lewis Baker for the opener, then made a strong run to give midfielder Loftus-Cheek his second goal of the night for a 3-0 lead. Nathan Redmond added the fourth.