Overhaul begins as Sunderland defender departs

Boca Juniors say a deal has been agreed with Sunderland regarding Santiago Vergini and more exits are anticipated.

Sunderland: Overhaul begins as Sunderland defender departsSunderland: Overhaul begins as Sunderland defender departs

Vergini spent last season on loan with Spanish side Getafe and does not feature in Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce’s plans going forward.

It is understood Boca have agreed to pay a £1.5million fee for the centre-half and the Argentine club expect a deal to be formally concluded early next week.

“With Vergini, we’re all settled,” Boca president Daniel Angelici said, as reported by the Sunderland Echo. “We’re just waiting for the player to come.

“But there is an agreement on the transfer and his contract. We think we will finalise it on Monday.”

A host of players could be set to follow Vergini out of the Stadium of Light this summer as Allardyce bids to overhaul his squad in a bid to avoid another season of struggle.

The likes of Jordi Gomez, Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Charis Mavrias, Adam Matthews and Emanuele Giaccherini are all understood to have been deemed surplus to requirements.

There is also speculation surrounding the likes of Sebastian Larsson, Jeremain Lens, Jack Rodwell and Billy Jones, but Allardyce is thought to be happy to keep hold and will only consider offers if the price is right.

Sunderland have already released keeper Steve Harper, defender Wes Brown and strike pair Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher after their deals came to an end.

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