Sunderland will have to pay £13.8m if they want to sign Moussa Sow after Fenerbahce disclosed details of the Senegalese striker’s release clause.
While the 28-year-old insists he is “happy” at the Turkish club – where he has just won the Super Lig title – he has also expressed a long-held desire to play in the Premier League.
The Journal reported on Wednesday that sources in Turkey claimed the Black Cats were tracking Sow and team-mate Raul Meireles.
They are resigned to losing out-of-contract midfielder Jack Colback, with various outlets suggesting the Killingworth-born player is either in advanced talks with Newcastle United or has already agreed to sign a five-year contract at St James’ Park.
Sunderland are also understood to have bid around £4m for Swansea defender Ashley Williams.
However, it is the news emerging from Turkey which may be of greater interest to those on Wearside.
Yesterday, Fenerbahce revealed Sow – who has scored 43 goals and made 21 assists for the Yellow Canaries since joining in a £8.1m move from Lille in January 2012 – has a £13.8m release clause in a contract with two years still to run.
The former Championnat winner and leading goalscorer said: “There is a lot of talk. I’m happy at Fenerbahce and don’t think about leaving.
“However, everyone knows I want to play in the Premier League one day.” Meanwhile, Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone insists a season which could easily have ended in disaster nonetheless contained “special moments which will stick with me” – including “probably the greatest escape ever.”
Mannone said: “With everything which has happened this season, there area few special moments which will stick with me. If I had to predict the way it went, I couldn’t have done. It was a really emotional season with highs and lows, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
“Making my debut was special against Hull (City), where I had played for two years.
“We did brilliantly in the (Capital One) Cup and the semi-final at Manchester United was probably the best moment for me.
“The way everything happened that night was so special.
“There were a few other special moments against the big clubs too. Winning against them is never easy and we did it in a good style.
“Then finishing the season with probably the greatest escape ever was memorable.”
Mannone added: “It was always my aim to be a number one. I kept believing at some point it would happen to me and it did.
“You have to be strong because it’s never easy. I waited for my chance and then got it and all my hard work paid off.”