Sunderland still waiting on decision from transfer target Jonathan de Guzman

Jonathan de Guzman and Sunderland defender Valentin Roberge
Jonathan de Guzman and Sunderland defender Valentin Roberge
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Former Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman is still mulling over the possibility of a move to Sunderland.

The Black Cats struck a deal last week with Italian side Napoli to sign de Guzman on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.

But despite reports in Italy that de Guzman has agreed to the switch, the Echo understands that Sunderland are still waiting to discover whether the Dutch international will move to the Stadium of Light.

That has been confirmed by de Guzman’s agent, Fabian Parisi, today, with Marseille, Everton and newly-promoted Bournemouth also tracking the 27-year-old.

“It’s true there’s an agreement for the player to go on loan with a purchase option included for the English club, but we are all working towards finding a solution for De Guzman, who is not in the plans of (Napoli coach Maurizi) Sarri for this season,” Parisi told the Italian media.

“Sunderland is there and so is Marseille and there are other options.

“We will choose the best option for us and for Napoli.

“Jonathan is an attractive player in the transfer market and we will need a few more days to decide.”

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has been desperate to add an attacking midfielder to his squad all summer and de Guzman fits the bill after making 59 Premier League starts during two seasons at Swansea.