Sunderland eye striker but could lose Larsson to Leeds

Date published: Monday 11th January 2016 1:13

Sebastian Larsson: Sunderland midfielder linked with Leeds United

Sebastian Larsson: Sunderland midfielder linked with Leeds United

Sunderland are interested in Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar and could allow Sebastian Larsson to join Leeds United, according to reports.

Sunderland, who have already signed German centre-back Jan Kirchhoff from Bayern Munich, are close to making former Hull City striker Dame N’Doye their second capture of the transfer window as Sam Allardyce looks to steer the club to safety in the Premier League.

According to Corriere Fiorentino, Sunderland, as well as Crystal Palace, are also willing to spend €15million on Babacar.

The 22-year-old has made only eight Serie A appearances this season, scoring four goals, and has failed to get off the bench in any of the last four games.

However, with Fiorentina prepared to let Giuseppe Rossi leave on loan, they may not be willing to cash in on Babacar this month.

Larsson, meanwhile, is wanted on loan by Leeds, according to The Expressen, a national tabloid in Sweden.

Leeds already have Liam Bridcutt on loan from the Black Cats, but the rule prohibiting more than one player from the same team going on loan to another at the same time only applies to two clubs both in the Premier League.

Larsson is closing on a return to fitness after a knee injury which has kept him sidelined since the start of December, but the Sweden midfielder has struggled for opportunities even when fit, making only six starts this season.

Larsson is out of contract at the Stadium of Light, meaning a loan until the end of the season would effectively bring to an end the 30-year-old’s association with the Black Cats.

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