Gus Poyet and Sunderland are edging closer to the completion of a loan move for Inter Milan’s Ricky Alvarez, reports the Sunderland Echo. The Argentine international has already undergone a medical at the Black Cats, and is expected to sign on transfer deadline day.
Alvarez will be brought in to solve the club’s ongoing problem with the left side of their attack. Poyet had hoped to sign Fabio Borini on a permanent deal this summer having enjoyed the Italian on loan from Liverpool last year. However, the transfer has drawn out without a positive resolution for Sunderland, and the North East club have now turned their attention elsewhere.
At 26 years old, Alvarez arrives at the club as he heads into his pinnacle years as a footballer. Should the Premier League side manage to sign the player, the business will be seen as a substantial coup, seeing as further interest has been registered in Alvarez from European heavyweights such as Monaco and Atletico Madrid.
The Echo reports that a successful bid to bring Alvarez into the club will not end Sunderland’s interest in Borini entirely. Poyet will still work to sign the forward on transfer deadline day, but the club will be under less pressure having already brought in another striker. Alvarez has a reputation for inconsistency in the Serie A, but it is hoped that he can lead the line for Poyet’s side next year.