Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is ready to sign striker Freddie Piquionne from West Ham in a £3.5million move, according to the Daily Mirror.
Bruce has money to spend following the massive sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa and he is hoping Piquionne will join him at the Stadium of Light. Speculation had previously linked Sunderland to Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller but news on a deal for the striker has gone quiet.
He started his career at Golden Star of Martinique. Piquionne then joined Nîmes Olympique in 2000, and following a spell with the French club he went on to play for: Rennes, AS Saint-Etienne, AS Monaco, Lyon and most recently, Portsmouth.
He has also played for Martinique and once for France, in a friendly against Austria in 2007.
Piquionne is the top scorer at West Ham and would seemingly be happy to move north if it meant playing in the Premier League next season due to the Hammers' current league position.
It was reported that Bruce will agree a fee today (Wednesday) after West Ham all but sealed a deal for Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba.
Ba failed a medical at Stoke earlier this month but West Ham would take him on loan.