Vergini heading for Sunderland

Argentine club Estudiantes have claimed defender Santiago Vergini is on the verge of joining Sunderland.

The 25-year-old centre-half only joined Estudiantes in the summer after winning the Argentine title with Newell's Old Boys.

Vergini, who has one Argentine cap to his name, is now expected to join Gus Poyet's struggling side.

Estudiantes president Enrique Lombardi confirmed that they expected Vergini to leave.

"He wants to leave Estudiantes, and as he isn't a player that is considered as principle in the squad, we have accepted his departure," Lombardi told Diario Ole.

"He wants to change team, and as there is a good offer that we have analysed, he will leave our club."