Sunderland have reportedly raised their offer for Fiorentina’s Marcos Alonso to €2.5m plus Modibo Diakite.
The 23-year-old Spanish defender spent last season on loan at Sunderland and they want him to stay on a permanent basis.
So far they have been unwilling to meet the Viola asking price, but according to Tuttomercatoweb there are developments.
It is reported the Black Cats increased their proposal to €2.5m (£2m) plus ownership of Diakite.
Defender Diakite joined Fiorentina on loan in January.