Emanuele Giaccherini’s season-long loan switch to Italian side Bologna has been rubber-stamped.
Sunderland have been in talks with Bologna for the last fortnight over a return to Italy for Giaccherini after Dick Advocaat decided that the 30-year-old was not suited to Premier League football.
Giaccherini, who has two years to run on his Sunderland contract, will join newly-promoted Bologna until next summer, with the Serie A outfit picking up the bulk of the Italian international’s wage packet.
The former Juventus man returns to his homeland after two years at the Stadium of Light, where he has struggled to justify the £6.5million Sunderland splashed out in the summer of 2013.
Injuries limited Giaccherini’s involvement last season, yet he has only sporadically made an impact for the Black Cats.
The arrival of summer signings Yann M’Vila and Ola Toivonen have pushed Giaccherini further down the pecking order at Sunderland, with Advocaat and sporting director Lee Congerton prepared to offload one of the club’s top earners.
Sunderland hope Giaccherini will not be the last player to leave the club before the transfer deadline, with work continuing to shift the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Will Buckley, Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias.
None of the quartet have a place in Advocaat’s plans, with the head coach making it clear that they will be limited to the Under-21s if they remain at Sunderland.