SUNDERLAND target Santiago Vergini is in the North East ahead of his proposed move to the Stadium of Light, the Echo understands.
The Black Cats’ pursuit of the Argentine centre-half has dragged on for several days after a deal was agreed with Estudiantes last week.
But it is understood that Vergini is now moving closer to finalising his switch after arriving on Wearside, as head coach Gus Poyet looks to make a second January signing following the capture of on-loan Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso.
As the Echo reported earlier today, Poyet confirmed that progress had been made on capturing Vergini and the Black Cats boss praised the 25-year-old’s determination to join Sunderland
“If it goes through, we have to give plenty of credit to the player because he wants this badly,” said Poyet.
“That gives you a big hope as a manager.
“We’re getting closer.
“It’s not been easy, we’ve been going forwards and backwards. One day it’s looked ‘yes’ and the next it’s looked ‘no’.
“With such extremes, it’s been difficult. But now I’m hopeful.”