TRANSFER TALK: Sunderland close in on Argentinian defender as Gus Poyet looks to strengthen squad.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet
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SUNDERLAND want to sign Argentine centre-half Santiago Vergini according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The paper suggests the Black Cats are closing in on the 25-year-old who plays for Estudiantes de La Plata.

The defender won a national league title at Newell’s Old Boys last season but just five months after a move to Estudiantes is rumoured to be putting the finishing touches to a move to the Premier League.

It has been suggested in Argentina that Sunderland could get him as cheaply as £400,000 - the fee needed to buy out the remainder of his year-long contract.

Meanwhile, it is claimed Sunderland’s Director of Football Roberto De Fanti has turned down the chance to sign Argentina striker Ignacio Scocco.

An approach for Vergini would put question marks over the Sunderland futures of Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge and Carlos Cuellar; just as any move for Brighton’s holding midfielder Liam Bridcutt would cast doubt on Lee Cattermole’s stay at the Stadium of Light.