Sunderland and Besiktas in race to sign Lazio striker Libor Kozak
Sunderland and Beşiktaş are both in the race to sign Lazio striker Libor Kozak according to Calcio News.
Kozak has fallen out of favor with Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic and is not in the Bosnian manager's plans for the coming season.
Beşiktaş are reported to have offered the Czech Republic striker a loan bid with the right to sign outright however, had the proposal was reportedly rejected by President Claudio Lotito.
Sunderland meanwhile are interested in putting forwards a €6 million offer.
Black Cats boss Paolo di Canio has been on a signing spree this summer bringing in nine transfers and he recently said one or two more players would be required.
Di Canio said, "Obviously we know the board knows that we need something more. But I don't know if it's possible at the moment.
"We have already made some good signings and the club has made some sacrifices in some ways, they have spent some money.
"So I am happy, but obviously it would be better to bring in one or two other players, but we will see."
The Czech Republic international joined Lazio from SFC Opava on a €1.2 million move in 2008.
Kozak scored 10 goals for the Biancocelesti in 2012/13, all of which coming in the Europa League.