SUNDERLAND are on the verge of finalising a season-long loan for Swansea midfielder Ki Song-Yeung.
The South Korean said his goodbyes at Swansea’s training camp today and is now en route to the North East, with a view to sealing his switch this weekend.
Sunderland have been in discussions with Swansea for the last fortnight over a loan move for Ki after the 24-year-old dropped down the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium, despite arriving for £6million just 12 months ago.
And it is understood that the Black Cats have now beaten off competition from the Championship and the Bundesliga to sign the former Celtic man.
As the Echo reported earlier this week, Swansea have been unwilling to consider selling Ki permanently and there is thought to be a January recall clause in the loan deal.
But Ki will have just 12 months remaining on his Swansea contract by the time he completes the full year of his loan.
Ki will become Sunderland’s 12th signing of the summer and will join international team-mate Ji Dong-won at the Stadium of Light.
And his capture will finally represent some success in Sunderland’s summer-long hunt for a creative central midfielder after the Black Cats missed out on Tom Huddlestone to newly-promoted Hull City.
Head coach Paolo Di Canio has been desperate for a midfield linchpin capable of dictating the play and Sunderland believe Ki is that man.