SUNDERLAND are expected to confirm the capture of left-back Marcos Alonso within the next 48 hours.
Alonso underwent a medical on Wearside late last week after Sunderland agreed a loan deal until the end of the season with Italian outfit Fiorentina.
There are not thought to be any hitches towards completing the deal now and Alonso’s move should be rubber-stamped once the transfer window opens on Wednesday.
The Spaniard, who made 46 appearances for Bolton before joining Fiorentina in the summer, will offer Gus Poyet an alternative option at left-back, with Andrea Dossena the only specialist in that position in the Black Cats squad.
At this stage, there are no plans to convert the loan into a permanent switch during the summer.
But with Poyet keen to avoid any more players in the squad who are untested in English football, Alonso will offer an immediate cost-effective option, albeit he has been short of game-time at Fiorentina.
Alonso impressed last season in the Championship at Bolton before joining the Serie A side on a three-year deal during the summer. The Trotters had been keen to keep him at the club, yet the 23-year-old opted to make a Bosman move to Italy.
Meanwhile, Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini will not be returning to former club Juventus in the January window, claims his agent.
Reports in the Italian press have suggested Juventus, who sold Giaccherini to the Black Cats for £6.8million during the summer, could make a loan approach for the 28-year-old, if they miss out on main targets Lucas and Jonathan Biabiany.
But Giaccherini is not thought to be keen on a return to the Serie A at this stage.
Giaccherini was eager to test his credentials in English football when he agreed to move to the Stadium of Light in July.
And although Giaccherini has blown hot and cold for the Premier League’s basement boys, the Italian international remains determined to make a success of his Sunderland career.
“Contrary to what I keep hearing, the player is having a great time at Sunderland and his family are very happy in England,” said his representative Furio Valcareggi.
“Most importantly, the English club do not want to lose the player. I’ve also spoken with Giaccherini’s family and no one is aware of any interest from Juventus.”