Sunderland reach agreements for Giaccherini and Peruzzi

Sunderland’s busy summer activity shows no sign of slowing down with Emanuele Giaccherini set to become the 8th new signing since the end of last season.

Paolo di Canio has been chasing the Italian playmaker for a number of weeks now and it seems he has finally got his man after Juventus coach Antonio Conte revealed that the club have reluctantly accepted a bid.

He said: “Giaccherini was valued, they offered him an important contract.

“I’m happy for him but unhappy for me.

“I’m not happy with the sale of Giaccherini but in times of crisis when you buy you must also make sacrifices.”

The signing of Giaccherini represents another astute deal by Di Canio and representatives from the two clubs will now meet to discuss a move to North-East of England.

The signing of Giaccherini represents another astute deal by Di Canio and the announcement by Juventus comes just hours after the club sealed their seventh signing of the summer, Le Havre midfielder El-Hadji Ba.

The French Under-20 international, a product of Le Havre’s youth set up, Ba has signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light and has already joined up with his new team-mates and manager Paolo Di Canio at their training camp in Italy.

Two more deals could take that summer tally to 10 news faces with Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield have confirming that full-back Gino Peruzzi will head for England for talks over a move to the Black Cats Sunderland.

A statement on the clubs official website confirmed they finally had agreed a deal for the 21-year-old.

The statement said: “Velez Sarsfield and Sunderland Association Football Club have reached an agreement to transfer the player Gino Peruzzi.”

Meanwhile reports in the London Evening Standard claim that Sunderland have beaten Fulham to the signature of Tom Huddlestone.

Di Canio and his team have agreed a £5 million fee with Spurs and the 26+ year old will now travel to wearside for talks. The paper reports that Huddlestone will have to take a drop in his current £40,000 a week salary with Sunderland believed to be offering £35,000.

However after a stop start season last season that culminated in 28 appearances a move to Stadium of Light would be the Englishman most certainly guaranteed a regular first team sport.

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.