GUS POYET has confirmed Sunderland are close to signing Argentine defender Santiago Vergini.

Poyet has already brought Marcos Alonso to the club this month and he looks set to be followed through the Stadium of Light doors by Vergini after he reached an agreement to leave Estudiantes.

Poyet said: “We are very close but it is not done. That’s all I can say. The rest they are rumours.

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“There are a few that could be something and there are a few that I don’t even know.”