Yann M’Vila is expected to return back to Rubin Kazan later this week, even though he missed the first day of pre-season with the club.
The Kazan’ squad returned back to the club today, but M’Vila wasn’t present and speculation has grown that he might join Sunderland permanently this summer.
The midfielder didn’t keep much of a secret saying that he would like to stay on Wearside after he spent last season on loan to the Black Cats.
Allardyce keen on signing M’Vila
M’Vila was one of Sunderland’s top performers last season, as they managed to avoid relegation, and manager Sam Allardyce is keen on signing him permanently.
The only stumbling block that they could come across is the players’ wages, which is believed to be in excess of £100,000 a week, and the Black Cats only had to pay a portion of that during his loan period.
There is interest from other clubs across Europe for M’Vila, but if he were to link back up and make the Stadium of Light his permanent home, he will have to take a pay cut.
Mavinga message clears matter
M’Vila did not report to the club’s training base for the first day of pre-season, but teammate Chris Mavinga took to Twitter to clear up the situation.
“M’Vila and I, we’ll be back on Tuesday or Wednesday because the visa come too late,” he tweeted.
The midfielder has six months left on his deal with the Russian side, and with increased interest from Sunderland and other clubs, it looks unlikely that he will be staying with Kazan.
Transfer target expected to stay with club
The Black Cats could be dealt another blow as summer target James Morrison is reportedly close to agreeing a new deal at West Bromwich Albion.
Both Sunderland and Middlesbrough are linked with the Darlington-born midfielder, but it looks highly unlikely that he will be leaving the Hawthorns.
Morrison, who came through the Boro youth system, has made 254 appearances for the Baggies and is a fan-favourite