Sunderland are considering a move for Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy as manager Sam Allardyce looks to add defensive reinforcements to his squad.
The 30-year-old has expressed a desire to leave the Emirates Stadium this month in order to keep alive his hopes of making it into the France Euro 2016 squad.
Relegation rivals Aston Villa have been heavily linked with the former Newcastle defender, and now the Black Cats’ are reportedly interested in a move for the Gunners full back.
According to reports, Debuchy is one of a series of options for Allardyce, who wants a defender and attacking player by the end of the January transfer window.
Allardyce has already secured the services of centre-half Jan Kirchhoff, frontman Dame N’Doye and goalkeeper Steve Harper earlier this month, and is eyeing further moves in a bid to claim Premier League safety.
Debuchy left St James’ Park for Arsenal in a £12million move in July 2014, but has made only seven appearances to date this season after missing much of the last campaign through injury.
Sunderland already have specialist right-backs in Billy Jones, DeAndre Yedlin and Adam Matthews, although Allardyce is keen to add to a defensive pool which has conceded 46 goals in 23 Barclays Premier League games to date this season.
Meanwhile, the Black Cats are refusing to give up on striking target Andre Ayew, who was the subject of a rejected bid earlier this month.
Sources both on Wearside and in Swansea have insisted no second bid – reportedly £10million plus Fabio Borini – has been tabled, although it is understood that the pursuit is far from over.