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Le Havre: Sunderland agree Mendy fee

June 27, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

Le Havre president Jean-Pierre Louvel has confirmed that Sunderland have had an offer accepted for full-back Benjamin Mendy after the player said he wanted to move to England.

Benjamin Mendy of Le Havre
GettyImagesMendy will discuss personal terms with Sunderland

Mendy, 18, is highly regarded in his native France, having been capped for his country at Under-19 level.

He played almost 30 times for Le Havre last season, with his performances attracting interest from clubs including Arsenal, Sunderland and Cardiff City.

"We have agreed with Sunderland the transfer of Mendy,” Louvel told RMC Sport. “It is now up to him to agree with them.

“We were close to an agreement with Lyon - this did not happen, but you never know. Today, the only club with which we agree is Sunderland, and now Benjamin Mendy has to make a choice."

Mendy, now poised to discuss personal terms with the Black Cats, had told RMC Radio: “I have always dreamed of playing in England, so I am happy to be linked with English clubs.

“I know it is a big step to go there straight away - but if you want to progress in Europe, you need to play at the top level.”

But speaking to mercato365.com, he suggested he could yet remain in France, adding: “My priority is to be at a club where I'll play, and where the coach will put his faith in me.

“If it's in France, all the better. But if it's in England, I can't just dismiss it. The Premier League is the best in the world.

“If I come across a coach who wants me and there is something concrete, why not?

But it's also interesting to go along the usual route and play in Ligue 1 first, especially when it's a big club like Lyon or Marseille which is playing in the Champions League. That's something great.”