Sunderland are expected to confirm the signing of Yann M’Vila within the next 24 hours, to soften the blow of Leroy Fer’s move collapsing.
The Black Cats suffered a setback on the eve of the new campaign yesterday after Fer’s proposed season-long loan switch fell through due to a failed medical and the Dutch international returned to parent club QPR.
M’Vila’s signing is on the verge of being confirmed by Sunderland - possibly as early as today - after the French international arrived on Wearside yesterday
Sunderland had been hoping to unveil Fer after he held productive discussions over personal terms on Wednesday.
But Sunderland ultimately decided to pull the plug on the deal after deciding the 25-year-old’s medical issues were too risky for an investment which would have seen the Black Cats shell out a £2million loan fee, plus covering the player’s wages.
Similar problems with Fer’s knee saw an £8.5m move to Everton collapse two years ago, prior to Norwich making a move for the ex-Feyenoord man.
However, M’Vila’s signing is on the verge of being confirmed by Sunderland – possibly as early as today – after the French international arrived on Wearside yesterday.
M’Vila is thought to have passed his medical with the Black Cats and will become Sunderland’s fifth summer signing, joining on a season-long loan, potentially with a view to a permanent deal.
The 25-year-old – who has endured a chequered time at Russian club Ruben Kazan – will boost Dick Advocaat’s options in the middle of the park, albeit he doesn’t offer the attacking threat which Sunderland have been looking for.
That was why Sunderland had targeted Fer, who becomes the second player to fail a medical with the Black Cats this summer after centre-half Nicolas Lombaerts’ move collapsed due to a knee problem.
Sunderland are considering alternative attacking midfield options to Fer, with the club open to another move in the loan market.
But as the Echo reported yesterday, Sunderland are also looking to boost their forward line after talks with Manchester United over a loan move for winger Adnan Januzaj.
United are on the verge of adding Barcelona forward Pedro to their squad, with Sunderland offering the chance for Januzaj, 20, to continue his development with regular Premier League football.