Black Cats look at Mendy deal

Benjamin Mendy has come up against England U-17s in the past. Credit: PA

Paolo Di Canio's attempts to re-shape his squad appear to be gathering pace as he closes in on one man with another preparing to leave.

Reports in France have suggested the Black Cats have forced their way ahead of Arsenal in the pursuit of 18-year-old Le Havre left-back Benjamin Mendy by agreeing a fee for the player.