SUNDERLAND’S protracted pursuit of Greek winger Charis Mavrias has been called off.
The Black Cats agreed a £2.5million fee with Panathinaikos for the highly-rated Mavrias earlier this month, yet the deal has become something of a saga.
The move was originally delayed due to an abdominal injury to the 19-year-old before an arranged meeting to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical was then cancelled.
Panathinaikos had expected Mavrias to travel to England tomorrow to finalise his switch to the Stadium of Light.
But the transfer has not progressed, with Panathinaikos claiming they were not willing to agree to Sunderland’s proposal to delay the move further.
Since the captures of Emanuele Giaccherini and David Moberg Karlsson though, Sunderland have not seen the Mavrias move as a priority.
As the Echo revealed last week, Paolo Di Canio wants three players before the transfer window closes - two full-backs and a creative midfielder.