It’s time for Chris Coleman and Sunderland to start having a think about what exactly they want to do with Wahbi Khazri.

On loan at Rennes for the season, Khazri has been playing very well, something recognised around France. The Sunderland owned player is in the best 20 performers of the season so far according to French newspaper L’Equipe, and that obviously brings interest around his future.

Rennes don’t have an option to automatically buy the player, which puts a question mark over whether he’ll stay at the club. A return to Sunderland is unlikely, even though David Moyes has gone, unless Coleman magically transforms the rest of the club’s season.

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Rennes’ president Olivier Letang has been speaking to L’Equipe and was asked directly about Khazri and the lack of an option with Sunderland to buy: “He demonstrates a lot of qualities. And, beyond that, even if he is loaned without options, he invests a lot. His profile is very interesting. Now and for the future.”

That’s as big a hint as possible that Rennes fancy signing Khazri from Sunderland permanently.

There’s an option here for Sunderland to try and agree a sale with Rennes in January, and therefore bring in some money for Coleman to spend elsewhere.