Sunderland closing on deals for Giaccherini and Peruzzi

Sunderland’s busy summer looks set to continue with Paolo Di Canio using his international connections to seal deals for Juventus winger Emanuele Giaccherini and Velez Sarsfield for defender Gino Peruzzi.

Sunderland are believed to have offered £7 million for 28-year-old winger Giaccherini but that offer has been rejected.

The Italian International was one of Italy’s top performers at the Confederations Cup last month and also been linked with a move to Newcastle.

Juventus are keen to keep hold of the player with Giaccherini’s agent, Furio Valcareggi, playing down Sunderland’s chances of signing the player saying “Antonio Conte (Juventus manager) does not even want to talk about the sale of Giaccherini for he is not for sale,”

“Giaccherini isn’t tempted. He is fine at Juventus. He still feels he has the confidence of the club and still wants to win so much.”

However much like the deal with Jozy Altidore, it is believed they if Sunderland return with a revised offer, in excess of £9 million, the Italian Champions would consider it.

One deal that appears to be edging closer however is the club’s move for Velez Sarsfield for defender Gino Peruzzi.

The two clubs’ have agreed a fee with the Argentinian club’s chairman Miguel Callelo confirming that a deal was close saying: “[The clubs] talked about the payment conditions and the values. We reached an agreement quickly.

“Now Gino Peruzzi’s representatives and the English club need to reach an agreement.

“When this kind of proposal comes, it’s hard to say no. If we turn them down, we might never receive this kind of proposal again.”

The 21-year-old, who has four senior caps for Argentina, will now discuss terms with the Blacks Cats.

Meanwhile former Sunderland keeper Ben Wilson has joined Conference club Cambridge United on trial. The 20-year-old, released at the end of last season, has a week to impress while Matt Kilgallon, released at the end of the season, has signed a two-year deal at Blackburn Rovers.

Kilgallon was released by after Di Canio opted not to extend the centre-half’s contract at the Stadium of Light.

A number of Championship sides were keen on the former Leeds United star however Blackburn has won the race with boss Gary Bowyer saying: “Matt is a good signing for us. He will bring a lot of experience from playing in the Premier League and in the Championship.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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