Sunderland are said by TMW to be close to agreeing a transfer with Inter Milan to sign Ricky Alvarez on a permanent basis.
The Black Cats have reportedly negotiated a cut-price deal to sign Alvarez on a deal worth around €7 million (which equates to around £5 million).
It is cheaper than the originally proposed terms, but it is still hard not to think that Sunderland could be in danger of overpaying for the Argentine.
Gus Poyet has used the winger sparingly this year, even despite Sunderland's troubles in front of goal, and when on the pitch Alvarez hasn't taken his chances.
The South American trickster was expected to bring flair and creativity to Sunderland's line-up, but he has struggled for form and looked off the pace.
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Alvarez's stats in almost every area he was expected to excel in look unremarkable and unless a serious improvement is made during his second season then Sunderland would be unwise to spend a chunk of their budget on making his move a more permanent one.
Alvarez does not have a goal or an assist to his name in Premier League action this year and he hasn't even looked close to impacting on the Black Cats' attacking play.
The 26-year-old is not managing to even create a chance per game for his teammates, whilst his shot count is also low.
It means that he doesn't look of the standard required to improve Sunderland's game and for £5 million there are surely better options elsewhere if the Wearsiders do shop around.