With Tunisia now officially out of the World Cup, Sunderland can start sorting out the transfer of Wahbi Khazri to a Ligue 1 club of his choice.
Thursday’s edition of L’Equipe suggested the Black Cats had ‘reached an agreement’ with Saint-Etienne after their manager Jean-Louis Gasset had convinced the forward with their project.
Everything was pointing towards a deal being done soon, but Le10 Sport in France on Friday afternoon seem to think there might be a bit of a delay.
The reason for that is Sunderland’s demands, with the French website claiming the League One side are asking for around €7m.
This is a price the Ligue 1 club aren’t prepared to meet, and while that doesn’t mean the talks between the two clubs are off, it’s certainly a big obstacle.
Le10 believe Saint-Etienne selling some of their deadwood could be key to getting this deal over the line, but we’ll have to see if they manage to do that.
The 27-year-old played played 264 of a possible 270 minutes at the World Cup for Tunisia, scoring two goals and picking up two assists in their three group games.