Sunderland are reported to be closing in on a one-year loan agreement for Lyon defender John Mensah.
The Black Cats are said to have a season-long deal in place, with the option to make the move permanent next summer.
Steve Bruce is believed to have sent scouts to watch the Ghana international in action against Zambia on Wednesday, and has received rave reviews from those in attendance.
Mensah only joined Ligue 1 giants Lyon from Rennes last year, but the 26-year-old is open to the prospect of securing a move to the Stadium of Light.
"I have no comment to make on transfers at the moment," he told skysports.com.
"I feel good at the moment. But I have always said that it would be a dream to play in the Premier League.
"Which player doesn't like the Premier League? It is the best league in the world, in my opinion."