Sunderland, Latest news update:
Rennes midfielder Ola Toivonen has agreed to join struggling Premier League side Sunderland on loan for the season.
Sunderland new boy Ola Toivonen will come straight into the reckoning for the Premier League trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat believes he is suffering because of "crazy" spending on "lower than average" players in the past.
Sunderland have reignited their interest in Rennes striker Ola Toivonen and hope to conclude a deal before the transfer window closes.
Napoli have reportedly rejected the chance to sign Emanuele Giaccherini but the midfielder could still leave Sunderland for Serie A.
Jonathan De Guzman's agent says his client is keen to join Sunderland but the midfielder wants guaranteed regular first-team football.
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has denied he is interested in Man City's Jason Denayer but says he does want new defensive recruits.
Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick as Sunderland avoided a Capital One Cup upset with a thrilling victory over League Two outfit Exeter.