Altidore signing will not be SAFC’s last as Di Canio eyes Peruzzi and Giaccherini

TRAINING... Paolo Di Canio with one of his new summer signings Mobido Diakite  as he  puts the team through there paces at training at Sundelands training ground....PA Photo Owen Humphreys
TRAINING... Paolo Di Canio with one of his new summer signings Mobido Diakite as he puts the team through there paces at training at Sundelands training ground....PA Photo Owen Humphreys

JOZY Altidore joined Sunderland last night on a four-year deal after the club agreed a £6.5m transfer fee with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.

The USA striker has now flown out to Italy to join up with his new team-mates after becoming the Black Cats’ EIGHTH signing of the summer.

Le Havre midfielder El-Hadji Ba, available on a Bosman, is also thought to be at the Italian training camp awaiting the rubber-stamping of his move to Wearside.

And Altidore and Ba join fellow new arrivals Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Vito Mannone, Valentin Roberge, David Moberg Karlsson Duncan Watmore in Sunderland’s revamped squad.

It’s a massive change in personnel.

But more new signings look set to arrive in the next few days, with progress thought to be made in the protracted signing of Argentine winger Gino Peruzzi, while the club are also thought to be close to completing a deal for Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini.

Velez Sarsfield defender Peruzzi revealed it was him alone who turned down Sunderland’s personal terms earlier this week.

But yesterday he hinted a deal was still very much potentially on.

The 21-year-right-back said: “There was an agreement between both teams but I had to analyse my contract.

“Together with my family we decided that it wasn’t what we expected, and that’s why we said no.

“It’s not true that my agent asked for a higher commission - those were lies.

“It’s the player who decides if he wants to be transferred or not, according to the contract that you are offered and for the moment I decided not to accept it”.

He was keen to stress though that the deal was not dead.

“It’s not that I don’t want to go to Sunderland - it’s a team in the Premier League, one of the most important leagues in Europe,” he said.

“I am willing to listen to a new proposal.”

That leaves the door open for Sunderland to clinch a deal for the player, who could arrive at the same time as Juventus’s Giaccherini.

The 28-year-old Italian does not fit the typical template of player Sunderland are looking at this summer – youngsters with potential and with the likelihood of strong re-sale value.

But Giaccherini, who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder, is clearly someone that captures Di Canio’s imagination – an interest enhanced by the player’s strong performances for Italy in the recent Confederations Cup.

And Sunderland are believed to have persuaded Juventus to let him leave by upping their initial offer of just over £6.5m to just under £8m.

Sunderland have looked to balance the books in terms of ins and outs, with the sales of Simon Mignolet and Ahmed Elmohamady while Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon were allowed to leave after the expiry of their contracts.

Phil Bardsley and Ji Dong-won are expected to follow them out of Sunderland’s exit doors soon.

And more will follow.