Report: Serie A side Sassuolo want to sign Sunderland outcast Charis Mavrias

Paolo Di Canio At Upton Park

The Greek talent has never settled in at the Stadium of Light.

Reports in Italy today are suggesting that a Serie A side may be on the verge of making a move for a Sunderland flop, that Black Cats fans may have forgotten even existed.

The player in question is Greek midfielder Charis Mavrias, with Sassuolo reportedly keen on his services - according to TMW.

They report that the Italian side, who have seemingly secured their place in Serie A again next season, are looking to expand the size of their current squad - with Mavrias one target.

The Greek international joined Sunderland from Panathinaikos in 2013. The fee was undisclosed, but Sky Sports reported it was in the region of £3 million.

He went on to become yet another Paolo Di Canio flop. He played just six times for the club, scoring one goal, and in fairness was not performing badly for a then teenager signed from another country.

But he dropped out of contention and was loaned back to Panathinaikos in the summer.

Now it looks like the 21-year-old might have been given a second chance to shine in a top European league - and put his Sunderland nightmare behind him.

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