Sunderland to sign Argentina left-back Lucas Orban from Atletico Tigre

IN THE MARKET: Paolo Di Canio
IN THE MARKET: Paolo Di Canio

SUNDERLAND’S pursuit of left-back Lucas Orban has been confirmed.

But the Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio may have to wait until the conclusion of the Argentine league to land the defender.

Reports in the South American media over the weekend suggested Sunderland had seen a bid rejected by Argentinian outfit Club Atletico Tigre for Orban and were considering improving their offer for the 24-year-old.

Orban’s European-based agent, Filippo Colasanto, has confirmed that he has held discussions with Sunderland consultant and director of football-elect Roberto De Fanti about the former River Plate full-back, as the Black Cats continue their search for cost-effective overseas recruits.

But while Colasanto admits the potential move is a “strong possibility”, he expects Orban to wait until Tigre’s league campaign comes to a conclusion on June 23, before making a decision on his future.

“Sunderland are interested in signing the player,” Colasanto told SportMail.

“I have spoken with the new director, De Fanti. He called me to get some information about the Orban situation to start negotiations.

“I know that Sunderland made an approach to Tigre saying that they want to sign him and they are in a position to come to an agreement.

“We know it is a strong possibility to go and play in England. I am waiting on the decision of the player.

“There are two or three matches to go (in the Argentine league) and at the moment, he wants to wait until the end of the season to make a decision.”

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