Date: 18th January 2016 at 4:25pm
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26th November 2013 - UEFA Champions League (Group F) - Arsenal v Olympique de Marseille - Alaixys Romao of Olympique de Marseille - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Sunderland are reportedly hopeful of completing a January swoop for Togo international Alaixys Romao, according to L’Equipe.

The Premier League side, who were convincingly beaten 4-1 at Tottenham on Saturday, want the Marseille defensive midfielder to help the Black Cats stave off relegation this term.

The 32-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, has scored one goal in 20 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit this season.

Romao, who has 57 international caps for his country, would reportedly cost in the region of £1.5m.

However it is also understood that the Togo star is attracting similar interest from French rivals Toulouse and Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli Jeddah.

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