Report: Sunderland suffer blow in bid to offload defender Santiago Vergini

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The Black Cats are said to be duty bound to sign the defender after he made more than 20 appearances last season.

Sunderland have suffered a blow when it comes to trying to offload defender Santiago Vergini, according to the Sunderland Echo, with Argentine side Newell's Old Boys pulling out of the race for the defender. 

Vergini made more than 20 appearances last season and as a result the Black Cats are duty bound to sign the defender in a £2 million deal from Sport Uruguay de Coronado after a season on loan at the club, but Head Coach Dick Advocaat is apparently not convinced Vergini is the right player for him - with the bulk of the defender's appearances coming under predecessor Gus Poyet.

The report also says that Vergini's opportunities to play at the Stadium of Light next season will be limited having completed the signing of Sebastian Coates on a permanent deal from Liverpool, and experienced defender Wes Brown has extended his stay on Wearside - while it seems that Advocaat is closing in on Zenit St Petersburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts.

It seems Advocaat has a clear idea as to how his defence should look at the start of the season, and it looks increasingly unlikely there will be place for Vergini - who seems to have become something of an unwanted gift from Gus Poyet. 

Though Vergini did feature under Advocaat, the man they call the Little General does not appear to have room in his preferred starting XI for the 26-year-old. 

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