SUNDERLAND’S search for a new right-back is gathering pace with two options reportedly closing in on a move to the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats are in the market for at least one fresh face on the right side of their new-look defence, with Phil Bardsley expected to leave Wearside this summer after falling foul of Paolo Di Canio’s disciplinary policy at the end of last season.
Lazio full-back Luis Pedro Cavanda has been linked with a move to Sunderland for several weeks after finding himself out of favour in Italy at the end of last season.
Sunderland are yet to strike an agreement with Lazio for the 22-year-old, according to reports in Italy.
But the Black Cats remain firmly in the running for Cavanda, who is represented by the same agent as new Black Cats signing Modibo Diakite.
Reports in Argentina also linked Sunderland with right-back Gino Peruzzi yesterday, with the 20-year-old mooted to be close to sealing a move to the Premier League.
Peruzzi was a target for Inter Milan - the previous employers of new Sunderland chief scout Valentino Angeloni - during the January transfer window after impressing for Argentine outfit Velez Sarsfield.
But Sunderland are now thought to have jumped to the front of the queue for the Argentina international.
Sunderland have certainly shown they are aware of the Argentine market this summer.
Left-back Lucas Orban is one of Sunderland’s prime targets, although Spanish side Villarreal are also interested in the 24-year-old, as the Echo reported earlier this week.
And Newell’s Old Boys’ on-loan Al-Ain winger Nacho Scocco continues to be linked with a move to Wearside, albeit the 28-year-old favour a move to Italy or Spain.