Report: Sunderland make approach for Uruguayan winger Diego Laxalt

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Sunderland have been linked with Diego Laxalt.

Diego Laxalt 1Diego Laxalt (R)

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Sunderland have made an approach for Inter Milan’s Diego Laxalt.

The report claims that the Uruguayan winger is being considered by Genoa and Fiorentina, yet Sunderland have emerged as the leading contenders for his signature after making an official approach.

The Black Cats will be looking to strengthen their squad this summer as they seek a top half Premier League spot after narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship last term.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has already proven to be astute in the transfer market with the likes of Lamine Kone and Jan Kirchhoff making a difference, and now it appears he has targetted Italy for summer additions.

Laxalt joined Inter from Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting in the summer of 2013 but he was immediately loaned out, joining felow Italian side Bologna on a season-long loan.

After impressing, the 23-year-old has since had further loans at Empoli and Genoa, with the latter looking to bring him in on a permanent basis after making 35 league appearances for the club.

Diego Laxalt 2Diego Laxalt (L)

Laxalt is predominantly a left winger though he is also capable of playing in the middle of midfield, with his best attributes including his dribbling skills and energetic movement off the ball.

He has been likened to former Inter Milan hero Alvaro Recoba due to his speed and endurance, though his dream of following in the Uruguayan’s footsteps at the Giuseppe Meazza appear to be waning.

The report goes on to say that a move away from Inter this summer appears likely, and Sunderland aren’t the only Premier League club looking at him as a potential option.

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