Vergini’s desire to join Sunderland is crucial to transfer

DETERMINED ... Vergini.
DETERMINED ... Vergini.

GUS Poyet says Santiago Vergini’s determination to join Sunderland has been crucial towards progressing his transfer.

The Sunderland head coach has confirmed that centre-half Vergini is close to finalising his switch to the Stadium of Light, with the defender thought to have flown to England from Argentina yesterday.

Sunderland agreed a deal last week with Argentine club Estudiantes, but the move has rumbled on for several days and has been thrown into doubt over settling the 25-year-old’s contract with his current employers.

But with Vergini now on the verge of becoming Sunderland’s second January arrival – a move which could see fellow centre-half Modibo Diakite leave the Stadium of Light after he was linked with a loan switch to Genoa yesterday – Poyet has praised the character of his potential new signing.

Poyet told the Gazette: “If it goes through, we have to give plenty of credit to the player because he wants this badly.

“That gives you a big hope as a manager.

“We’re getting closer. It’s not been easy, we’ve been going forwards and backwards. One day it’s looked ‘yes’ and the next it’s looked ‘no’.

“With such extremes, it’s been difficult. But now I’m hopeful.”

Vergini is one of several Argentine players linked with a move to the Stadium of Light – the most prominent of which has been Internacional forward Nacho Scocco, although Poyet played down a move for the 28-year-old yesterday.