De Guzman chase is over for Sunderland, admits Advocaat

Jonathan de Guzman (left) will not be joining Sunderland on loan
Jonathan de Guzman (left) will not be joining Sunderland on loan
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Dick Advocaat has confirmed that Sunderland’s interest in ex-Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman is over.

Sunderland today completed the signing of Swedish international Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan from French side Rennes, and that will be the final midfield addition to the squad before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

The Black Cats had been in discussions with de Guzman for several days after agreeing a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent switch, with Italian side Napoli last week.

De Guzman told Sunderland on Monday night that he didn’t want to move to the Stadium of Light, yet Napoli have been urging the Dutch international to reconsider and held talks with his agent yesterday.

But Advocaat doesn’t want a player whose commitment is in question, with Toivonen brought in to fill the attacking midfield slot that the ex-Holland manager has been looking to fill for the last two months.

“De Guzman is dead,” said Advocaat today.

“He didn’t want to come, let’s be clear.

“I think if a player doesn’t want to come, then stay away.”

Toivonen was successfully used as an attacking midfielder by Advocaat at former club PSV Eindhoven and that’s where the 29-year-old will be predominantly used at Sunderland, even though he is able to operate as a striker.

Sunderland remain on the look-out for a frontman before the deadline, but Advocaat is happy to have Toivonen on board after the Black Cats have been tracking him for more than a month.

“He played with me at PSV and he is a regular Sweden international – not always in the team but always in the squad,” added Advocaat.

“He is a player that we don’t have in the squad who can score with a good header from midfield.

“We will use Toivonen as an attacking midfielder rather than as a striker.

“Sometimes he is a little bit nasty and irritating to the opposition, but I like that.

“We used (Jeremain) Lens on the right side at PSV and he played in the middle.

“Hopefully we can get one or two more by Tuesday, but I think in midfield we are okay.”

Toivonen will be on the bench for Sunderland’s trip to Aston Villa tomorrow, with Steven Fletcher also in the squad, despite coming off in Tuesday night’s win over Exeter City with concussion.

But right-back Adam Matthews will miss out, with the former Celtic man expected to be sidelined for around six weeks with an ankle injury.