Argentina international wants Sunderland deal

Santiago Vergini in action against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID

Santiago Vergini in action against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID

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SANTIAGO Vergini is keen to finally secure a permanent move to Sunderland after two loan spells at the Stadium of Light.

Vergini joined Sunderland on a second loan deal during the summer after Sunderland baulked at the £5million asking price from the Argentine defender’s parent club, Costa Rica’s Club Sport Uruguay de Coronado.

But there is thought to be a clause inserted in the loan to convert it into a permanent switch, if Sunderland preserve their Premier League status at the end of the season.

And Argentine international Vergini, who has started all-but-one of Sunderland’s games this year, wants to tie himself down to the Black Cats after first joining Gus Poyet’s men on loan 12 months ago.

“What I really like most here is the football, but also the people here are very kind and pleasant and that’s something that, perhaps, was a little bit surprising,” said Vergini.

“Whenever I’ve got any problems or issues people are always very willing to help, and I’m very grateful for this.

“I feel very comfortable here and I’m very happy here, both in terms of being at the club and also in the city and the local area.

“I really would like to stay, and I’d also like to have some new challenges.

“I think we’re now, currently, in a situation that’s perhaps not as tricky as last year’s situation.

“But we’re still down there fighting at the wrong end of the table, so I’d like to be able to face up to some new challenges and fight, perhaps, further up the table.

“I think it’s very important that we set ourselves targets like this, both on a personal level and as a group, to demonstrate that this group is actually capable of doing better.”

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