SUNDERLAND are closing in on the signing of Estudiantes centre-half Santiago Vergini, Gus Poyet has confirmed.
The Black Cats are in talks with the cash-strapped South American club, who are prepared to sell the unsettled defender to balance the books.
The 25-year-old was a member of Newell’s Old Boys who won the Argentine league title before his move too Estudiantes last summer.
But the switch has not worked out and with Estudiantes reportedly struggling with cash flow problems, the club are prepared to cash in on Vergini, with the play set to move for less than £500,000 – the price of settling the last six months of his contract.
Poyet, is usually tight-lipped over transfer talk, but feels the deal is close enough to comment.
He said: “On the subject of Vergini, we are very close but it is not done.
“I’m afraid that’s all I can say – until it is done, there’s nothing else can say.
“There are other stories out there, which are just rumours, but the Virgini signing, yes, we are interested and it is close.”