Sunderland still remain confident of re-signing Yann M'Vila, as the wait for fresh faces continues.
Reports today have claimed that Sunderland are finally on the verge of landing last season's loanee M'Vila after several weeks of talks with Russian club Rubin Kazan.
It was understood last week that Sunderland had made a breakthrough in the discussions with Kazan, yet David Moyes claimed on Monday that the Black Cats were still looking at other options.
However, the Echo understands that Sunderland do expect M'Vila to return to the Stadium of Light before the transfer window shuts after the French midfielder was a target for Moyes at former club Everton.
Sunderland have been linked with a couple of strikers today, with a move for Anderlecht's Italian international Stefano Okaka far more feasible than Liverpool's Christian Benteke.
Crystal Palace and Everton are both keen on Benteke, who has a £30million price tag and is on a £120,000 a week pay packet. Read the full story here.
Meanwhile, Moyes has been speaking about renewing his rivalry with Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez after the pair spent six years at loggerheads as the respective managers of Everton and Liverpool.
“We’ve had our ups and downs, but I respect him because of what he has done in football," said Moyes.