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Sunderland eye Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy as Sam Allardyce seeks further signings

Published 26/01/2016

Sunderland are stepping up their interest in Swansea's Andre Ayew
Sunderland are stepping up their interest in Swansea's Andre Ayew

Sunderland are keeping tabs on Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy as manager Sam Allardyce looks to bolster his resources at both ends of the pitch.

The 30-year-old former Newcastle defender has expressed a desire to leave the Emirates Stadium this month in order to keep alive his hopes of making it into the France Euro 2016 squad, and the Black Cats' relegation rivals Aston Villa have registered their interest.

Press Association Sport understands Debuchy is one of a series of options for Allardyce, who wants a defender and attacking player to add to the captures of centre-half Jan Kirchhoff, frontman Dame N'Doye and third-choice keeper Steve Harper earlier this month.

Debuchy left St James' Park for Arsenal in a £12million move in July 2014, but has made only seven appearances to date this season after missing much of the last campaign through injury.

Sunderland already have specialist right-backs in Billy Jones, DeAndre Yedlin and Adam Matthews, although Allardyce is keen to add to a defensive pool which has conceded 46 goals in 23 Barclays Premier League games to date this season.

Meanwhile, the Black Cats are refusing to give up on striking target Andre Ayew, who was the subject of a rejected bid earlier this month.

Sources both on Wearside and in Swansea have insisted no second bid - reportedly £10million plus Fabio Borini - has been tabled, although it is understood that the pursuit is far from over.

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