Relegation threatened Premier League side Sunderland have agreed a fee for the acquisition of Bordeaux’s Tunisian midfielder Wahbi Khazri, as per reports.

The 24-year-old has been one of Bordeaux’s shining lights this season, making 24 appearances, scoring five times and assisting 7 times. Khazri is predominantly someone who plays behind the striker but can play on either of the flanks too.

Sunderland have agreed a fee in the region of £9m for acquiring the midfielders’ signature, who will sign a four and a half deal with the Black Cats.

“The playmaker has a great opportunity with the English club and he was therefore allowed to go to England to negotiate with them,” read a statement on the Bordeaux Official website.

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This would be Sam Allardyce’s fourth January signing of the season, having already snapped up Dame N’Doye on loan and Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff and Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone on a permanent basis already.

Khazri had also attracted interest from Premier League duo Everton and bottom club Aston Villa, but his capture could prove vital in Sunderland’s race for Premier League survival.