Sunderland are closing in on Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The Russia international has spent the past two seasons with Stuttgart and has reportedly been wanted by Liverpool and Tottenham in the past.

Reports in Germany over the weekend claimed Sunderland are keen to sign the 27-year-old and the forward's agent Oleg Artemov acknowledged there is interest from England.

"For now, I cannot tell you anything," Artemov told in relation to the Sunderland link.

"Let's leave this piece of news without any comments.

"There really are some offers for Pogrebnyak, but today it's all still at the negotiation stage.

"The interest from German and English clubs still exists. However, we haven't received any new offers."

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