Reports in France suggest Wahbi Khazri will complete his transfer from Sunderland to AS Saint-Etienne later today. The Tunisian is supposedly undergoing a medical before being unveiled in the green shirt of Les Verts.
The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Stade Rennais as the Brittany-based outfit recovered from a slow start in Ligue 1 to clinch Europa League qualification.
Supposedly Saint-Etienne have agreed an initial fee of 7-million-euros for the midfielder which could rise to 10-million with add-ons. Khazri cost Sunderland in the region of £9m when he signed in January 2016. He will be one of the few to leave Wearside having maintained his value.
Khazri had a decent enough World Cup to top his successful season in France and scored two goals in the group stages. Not enough to help Tunisia qualify for the knock-out rounds, he also weighed in with a couple of assists to finish the initial rounds of Russia 2018 as one of the tournament's top performers.
His decision to join Saint-Etienne has been sweetened somewhat with a reported annual gross salary of 4-million-euros a year. That figure of £65,000 a week will make Khazri one of French football's best paid players and probably matches what he was earning in the Premier League with Sunderland.
One report in France suggests Saint-Etienne increased their wage offer by 200,000-euros just last week to seal the deal. Khazri asked for time to think before agreeing to the move over the weekend.
Khazri departs Sunderland having only made 38 appearances since he signed two-and-a-half years ago. They may have been stonkers but the Tunisian only ever scored three goals for the Black Cats, including that wonderful hit against Chelsea back in May 2016 and a corker against Manchester United a few months earlier. His final strike was that one straight from a corner against West Ham in April 2017.