Rennes are keen on signing Sunderland midfielder Whahbi Khazri on a permanent deal, according to Inside Futbol.
The 27-year-old is currently on loan at the Ligue 1 side until the end of the season and they are wanting to sign him on a permanent deal. However, they will face competition for him from other sides in the France as well, though the identity of these clubs are yet to be known.
Khazri’s future at Sunderland is heavily in doubt with it looking like the Black Cats will be relegated to League One. He was shipped out to Rennes on loan following their relegation from the Premier League last season. Sunderland also loaned out high-earners like Fabio Borini to AC Milan and Jermaine Lens to Besiktas.
Khazri, who is a Tunisia international with 36 caps to his name, started his career in France with Ajaccio before he was snapped up by Bastia in 2009. He spent 6 years with Bastia and helped them get back-to-back promotions from the third tier to Ligue 1 during his time there.
He then signed for Bordeaux in 2014 and played 64 games for them prior to signing for Sunderland in January 2016. Sam Allardyce brought Khazri to England and the Tunisian midfielder helped the Black Cats stay up in the 2015/16 season. However, he played just 21 league games for them in the last campaign and then left after relegation.
Khazri’s time at Sunderland has been disappointing and he looks set for the exit door in the summer, with Rennes on his tail.