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Sunderland boss admits deal is close for Argentine defender

Santiago Vergini is on the verge of a switch to Wearside and could be joined by fellow Argentines Mariano Andujar and Ignacio Scocco

Sunderland manager has admitted he is on the verge of bolstering his squad by confessing a deal to bring Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini to the club is close to completion.

Vergini was targeted by Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino, having worked with the 25-year-old defender during the title-winning campaign at the duo's previous club Newell's Old Boys.

The Argentina international instead completed a switch to Estudiantes but the club are willing to let go of their centre back for a fee of around £500,000 as they contend with a series of cash flow problems.

It is understood Vergini will rip up the remainder of his contract to move to the Stadium of Light, where he could be joined by fellow countrymen Mariano Andujar and Ignacio Scocco.

Poyet told the Mirror: "On the subject of Vergini, we are very close but it is not done.

"I’m afraid that’s all I can say – until it is done, there’s nothing else can say.

"There are other stories out there, which are just rumours, but the Vergini signing, yes, we are interested and it is close."

On the subject of a move for the Catania goalkeeper Andujar, the Uruguayan added: "I like the style of South American goalkeepers and Andújar is a player that I like and I know."

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