Sunderland have been dealt a blow in the transfer market - weeks before the January transfer window opens.

Midfielder Yann M'Vila had been expected to return to the club, following a loan spell in the 2015/16 season.

However, the Black Cats have released a statement saying a deal is off after the Frenchman changed his mind about joining David Moyes' side.

I was contacted this week by Yann M’Vila’s representatives, who advised that the player no longer wishes to join Sunderland. There was a three-and-a-half-year agreement in place, however after discussions with the manager we have decided not to enforce the contract. Any player that we bring to Sunderland Football Club must be wholly committed.

Martin Bain, Sunderland AFC Chief Executive