Sunderland outcast Santiago Vergini has joined La Liga side Getafe on a season-long loan - with a view to a permanent deal.
The Argentine international made 51 appearances in 18-months on Wearside but he has now left the Black Cats after head coach Dick Advocaat made it clear he was not part of his plans.
As revealed by the Echo today, Vergini was in talks with a loan switch to the Spanish top flight after leaving the ground in a taxi, prior to the U21s’ friendly at Consett on Tuesday night.
A club statement said: “Sunderland AFC defender Santiago Vergini has joined Spanish La Liga side Getafe CF on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.
“The 26-year-old Argentine arrived on an initial loan deal in 2014, going on to make 51 appearances in 18 months on Wearside.”
Advocaat has made it crystal-clear that Vergini was not part of his plans and had told the 26-year-old to find himself a new club.
Vergini has been left in limbo after Sunderland were forced to sign the Argentine international on a permanent basis, following last season’s loan spell at the Stadium of Light.
He had not travelled on the tour of North America.
There had been interest in Vergini from his homeland after Argentine outfit Newell’s Old Boys made an enquiry for the centre-half.
But with Newell’s struggling to raise the money needed to cover Sunderland’s enforced outlay on Vergini, the Black Cats were forced to turn elsewhere.