New suitors emerge for Arsenal international wideman

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Sunderland are understood to be keen on signing Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, according to reports.

The Daily Mail noted on Monday evening that the Black Cats are plotting a late run to seal a deal for the right-back, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Aston Villa.

The source note that Sam Allardyce is keen to nab the French international ahead of the Black Cats’ relegation rivals, and are thus trying to ‘hijack’ the Villain’s move for the right-sider.

Debuchy has dithered on whether to move to Villa or not, and with Remi Garde growing frustrated with his compatriot’s reticence to commit to the cause in the Midlands, Sunderland have moved in and are now trying to complete a deal with Arsenal for the player.

The Mail [as above] insist that should Debuchy move to Sunderland, it would only be on a temporary basis until the season’s end, although this would be opportunity enough for the 30-year-old to reaffirm his quality to France coach Didier Deschamps ahead of the European Championships on home soil in the summer.

While the former Newcastle United and LOSC Lille full-back has featured for the national side since 2011, Les Bleus can call upon various different right-backs, with Christophe Jallet, Loic Perrin, Bacary Sagna and even midfielder Lassana Diarra all potential candidates to fit in on the right side of the defence.

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