Valencia’s Cissokho looks set for the Stadium of Light.
The Reds had shown interest in the 25-year-old, but after failing to come to an agreement with Los Che over a switch to England, the Merseyside club have instead turned their attention to Guilherme Siqueira of Granada.
This has left the path completely clear for Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio to pounce on the defender and finally solve the headache the Italian has had over who will play left-back.
Last season the side relied heavily on Tottenham Hotspur loanee Danny Rose – who was arguably the north east club’s best player in 2012/13 – but the Englishman has now returned to White Hart Lane.
Di Canio is aiming to capitalise on Valencia’s financial woes and bring Cissokho in; although Sunderland want the Frenchman on-loan whilst the La Liga outfit want a permanent deal.
The defender has only been at the Mestalla Stadium for 12 months after moving from Olympique Lyon, but monetary issues and the fact that the France international failed to establish himself as a first team player, means his stay is likely to be over.
There could still be competition for Cissokho from Turkish side Besiktas and as yet the Black Cats have not discussed personal terms with the full-back.
If the Valencia man were to arrive it would take Di Canio’s summer acquisitions to a whopping 10, as the 45-year-old initiates a clear out following a disappointing previous season.