Sunderland are still hopeful of signing Paris St Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
Whilst their deal for Sulley Muntari looks likely to go through in the next day or so, their move for Sessegnon has proved more problematic.
The Black Cats have been chasing him for much of this month, and want to take advantage of his spat with coach Antoine Kombouare, however, PSG have thus far stood firm in their stance.
Sunderland have now upped their bid to €6million plus add-ons, after initial offers of a loan deal, and then €5million fell short of what PSG wanted.
Now PSG look ready to let Sessegnon leave, and it appeared he was set to seal his move on Wednesday only for another stumbling block to appear.
Despite this, Sunderland assistant boss Erick Black has told the French media that they are still keen on sealing a deal for him.
"Nothing is signed yet," Black, who is fluent in French following his playing spell with Metz, told RMC.
"All parties are in discussions right now, we hope to reach agreement in the coming hours."