Wahbi Khazri is on the verge of a Sunderland exit after a fee was agreed with Saint-Etienne, according to reports in the French media.
L’Equipe are reporting that the deal is expected to go ahead in a deal which could reach €10m.
The initial fee being paid to Sunderland is €7m with €3m in bonuses and Khazri is expected to sign a four-year deal to keep him at Saint-Etienne until 2022.
The Tunisia international is now set to sort his future after featuring for his country in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The 27-year-old, who operates as a number 10 or as a winger, joined Sunderland in 2016 from Bordeaux, playing 42 games and scoring three goals.
Last season, he played three Championship matches before heading on loan to Rennes for the entire season.
After hitting 11 goals in 29 games for Rennes, he is now set for a permanent switch to France.
The Tunisian star was wanted by Rennes on a permanent deal but Saint-Etienne looks his likely destination after a fee was agreed.
Sunderland were anticipating Khazri’s departure so it is no big loss.
And moreover, they have fetched a decent fee for him if this report is to be believed.
They can reinvest that money into building a squad capable of winning promotion to the Championship.
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