Wahbi Khazri’s exit from Sunderland has reportedly hit a snag, which is why Sheffield Wednesday should swoop in and offer the World Cup star the chance to redeem himself in England.
Sunderland’s Khazri was one of the surprise packages of the World Cup, and the Tunisian international is certain to leave Wearside this summer.
The crafty playmaker has been heavily linked with a return to Ligue 1, where he spent last season on loan, but this week’s reports suggest he may still be on the market.
According to French reports, Khazri’s switch to St Etienne is on the brink of collapse after a disagreement over the terms.
While the player did not want to play in the Championship for Sunderland last season, the allure of forming a star duo alongside Fernando Forestieri could tempt him to have one shot at promotion, and if the Owls can get that promotion then he’d have no reason not to stick around.
The Owls aren’t exactly big spenders, and would probably have to break their transfer record to make it happen, but swooping for Khazri would put them in the mix for promotion, so it could be well worth it.
Only one player grabbed both two goals and two assists during the World Cup group stage. Was it Isco? Neymar, perhaps? Not even close, and it wasn’t the illustrious Luka Modric either, as it was in fact Tunisia’s talisman.
The Owls need some more creativity to provide for their front men, and having Khazri would give them that extra creative spark needed to break down tough Championship defences.
The 27 year-old spent last season on loan with Rennes, where he scored nine league goals. He averaged two successful dribbles per game and well over one key pass per game, form he carried into a difficult World Cup group for Tunisia.
The Sunderland playmaker is deceptively strong thanks to his low centre of gravity, fantastic with the ball at his feet and is always looking to whip crosses in behind the defence, something the likes of Atdhe Nuhiu would love. Khazri is also a set piece king, something that this World Cup has shown can be very useful indeed.
Aforementioned, the Owls would likely have to eclipse the £10m they spent on Jordan Rhodes, but it would be worth it to get a seasoned international at the absolute peak of his powers, desperate to be back playing in the big leagues. He would even take over from Forestieri as the club’s prized asset.
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