Gus Poyet and Sunderland bolstered their attacking ranks amidst the transfer deadline day, securing a season-long loan deal for the Inter Milan winger Ricardo Alvarez, reports the Guardian. The Argentina international will come into the Black Cats side to provide a solution for their problems on the left flank.
Alvarez can justifiably be seen as a second-choice signing, although he brings quality to the Stadium of Light regardless. Poyet had been tracking Liverpool’s Fabio Borini for much of the summer, but failed in the ongoing attempt to sign the player. Despite a loan spell at the club last year, Borini could not agree to a permanent move to the side.
Whilst Borini declined the opportunity to move to the Wearside outfit, however, Alvarez has apparently jumped at the chance. The Argentine could also be available for a permanent move next summer, with a tentative price of £9 million being placed onto his head.
In three years playing for Inter Milan, Alvarez has managed to make a significant impression at the San Siro. The attacking midfielder has made 90 appearances for the Italian club, scoring 14 times and picking up 19 assists. Sunderland will hope that he can quickly adapt to life in the Premier League, as Poyet’s side look to avoid a relegation scrap akin to the one they escaped from last season.