Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed his interest in bringing three Argentinians to the Stadium of Light this month, as the first of Paolo Di Canio’s 13 summer signings left the club, reports the Daily Mail.
Poyet is close to completing a deal for defender Santiago Vergini, while Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar and Internacional midfielder Ignacio Scocco are also targets.
The news comes after the Black Cats allowed Switzerland Under-21 midfielder Cabral to leave for Genoa, after making just one appearance in six months – on the opening day of the season.
The 25-year-old was one of 13 foreign players signed by former boss Paolo Di Canio in the summer.
Cabral may not be the first departure either, with Poyet keen to get rid of the likes of Andrea Dossena, Charis Mavrias, El Hadji Ba and David Moberg Karlsson – either permanently or on loan.
Poyet, however, remains confident of bringing in new faces .
“A deal is close for Vergini but not done yet,” Poyet said.
“He’s big, so he’s good for England. Andujar? I like him and we have made an approach to Catania to sign him.”
Poyet is also close to agreeing a £2.5million deal to sign Scotland international Liam Bridcutt from Brighton, while his first signing – former Bolton defender Marcos Alonso – made an impressive debut against Manchester United on Tuesday.