Ex-Newcastle United defender Davide Santon is on course to be Sunderland’s first summer signing.
Bringing in a new full-back has been one of Sam Allardyce’s main priorities after the departure of last season’s loanee DeAndre Yedlin, and Sunderland are now closing in on the capture of Santon from Inter Milan.
Reports emerged in Italy earlier today that Sunderland were in advanced negotiations and the speculation is accurate, with the Black Cats thought to have agreed a fee around the £3million mark.
Santon - whose long-term partner is from Newcastle - will now travel to the North East to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical after being limited to a bit-part role at Inter last season following a return to his former club.
The 25-year-old predominantly operated at left-back during his three years at Newcastle, but is right-footed and equally comfortable on the opposite side.
Crystal Palace were linked with Santon earlier this week, but Sunderland have moved into pole position.
If Santon’s move goes through, it will raise major doubts over whether Yedlin will return to the Stadium of Light.
However, with Allardyce pledging to wait until the end of the window to examine the loan market, Sunderland could revisit a return for the American international later this summer.