According to the Sunderland Echo, Real Betis are considering a move for Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini.
The report claims that Real Betis boss Gus Poyet, the manager who brought Vergini to the Stadium of Light, could offer the defender an escape route this summer as he considers a potential deal.
The 27-year-old spent the past 12 months on loan at La Liga side Getafe, making 25 appearances.
It’s said that he’s unlikely to feature under Sam Allardyce upon his return to the Black Cats and as a result the club are seemingly open to selling him this summer even if they end up taking a loss on him.
Poyet, formerly in charge of Sunderland, recently took over the reigns at Betis on a two-year deal after deciding to move to Spain following a short stint in Greece with AEK Athens.
The Uruguayan coach knows all about Vergini, and he could see him as an ideal recruit this summer as he looks to strengthen the Seville-based side over the next few months.
Vergini, a three-time capped Argentine international, arrived at Sunderland from Estudiantes and made 31 Premier League appearances for the Wearside club over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.
The report goes on to say that Newell’s Old Boys, former club Estudiantes and teams from Germany are also keen on the player, though a switch to Betis looks the most plausible at this moment in time.