According to reports from Sport (see below) former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa is set to sign for Sunderland on a free transfer.
The 33-year-old made 237 senior appearances during two spells with the Bernabeu giants, after rising through the club’s youth ranks and representing their C and B strings.
He’s also picked up 56 caps for the Spanish national team and was part of the squad that lifted the World Cup in 2010 – as well as winning European Championships in 2008 and 2010.
The right-back left the European champions upon the expiration of his contract at the end of last season, having made just nine appearances during the 2015/16 campaign.
Spanish publication Sport claim Arbeloa has received contract offers from several clubs but now looks set to complete a free transfer to Sunderland.
The Black Cats are in serious need of a dependable No.2. Billy Jones struggled to impress last season, whilst loan signing DeAndre Yedlin has returned to parent club Tottenham Hotspur.
That obliged David Moyes to throw in new signing Donald Love, aged 21, at right-back against Manchester City on Saturday, but Arbeloa represents a considerably more proven option.