Sunderland were today linked with a move for free agent Jeremy Pied – but face competition from West Ham United, according to reports.
Get French Football claim that the Black Cats have made an offer for the out-of-contract Nice right-back.
However, they also say West ham are interested in the player, who can also operate as a winger.
Sunderland are in the market for a right-back, with doubts over the future of DeAndre Yedlin, who spent last season on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
They have been extensively scouting Austria, and the Echo ran the rule over potential transfer targets among the Euro 16 dark horses.
Elsewhere, reports in the Midlands suggest Sunderland are interested in signing striker Idrissa Sylla from Anderlecht, but Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently at the front of the queue.
Wolves have apparently lodged a £2.3 million bid for the Guinae international, after being impressed with his performances in the past season.
Meanwhile, Hartlepool United have made their second signing inside two days after bringing in former Sunderland Academy graduate Jake Orrell.
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