Jonathan de Guzman’s agent has left a slender window of opportunity that the midfielder could still join Sunderland before the transfer deadline.
Sunderland agreed a deal more than a week ago with Italian side Napoli to take de Guzman on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent deal next summer.
However, after several days mulling over Sunderland’s proposal, de Guzman is understood to have rejected the chance to move to the Stadium of Light, with Marseille and Bournemouth also interested in the Dutch international.
But de Guzman’s agent, Fabian Parisi, says the 27-year-old continues to keep his options open and could reconsider the chance to join Sunderland, if there was the opportunity for a loan move, without any commitment to buy him next summer.
“We are currently working with Napoli to try to find a solution that suits everybody,” said Parisi.
“The club (Napoli) must be protected, but we also have to think about the career of the player.
“He will have to make assessments a year away from the Europeans (Euro 2016), looking for a team that allows him to play continuously.
“Would that be Sunderland or Olympic Marseille? The problem with OM is that talks were in the pipeline before Bielsa resigned.
“De Guzman wants to wait a moment. If Sunderland are willing to take him on loan without anything else, we would probably take that into account.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland remain in talks with Italian side Bologna over the sale of Emmanuele Giaccherini.
Bologna want to take Giaccherini back to Serie A on loan, with a probable commitment to buy next summer.
Dick Advocaat will not stand in the way of the Italian international, declaring last week that the wasn’t convinced that the 30-year-old - one of Sunderland’s top earners - is suited to the Premier League.