Sunderland boss Roy Keane has ruled out a loan move for Manchester United's Giuseppe Rossi, but the former Red Devil is confident that Jonny Evans will join Phil Bardsley in moving from Old Trafford.
Italian Under 21 international Rossi has been linked with an immediate return to the North East when his loan spell with Newcastle expires after Saturday's game against Everton.
However Keane has stated he has no plans to bring the young forward to The Stadium of Light in January.
"The name Rossi keeps coming up and I keep ruling it out," Keane told the Sunderland Echo. "I'm happy to do so again."
However, Keane has revealed that he is on the verge of borrowing 19-year-old Northern Ireland international Evans from his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Evans has impressed with United's feeder club Royal Antwerp this season, and is likely to be joined on Wearside by Bardsley after the defender had his own loan deal with Rangers cut short following a falling out with Paul Le Guen.
"Jonny Evans looks as though he's definitely coming here. I would say that's a done deal and I'm delighted about that," Keane added.
"I think he's going to be a top player for Manchester United and it's great for us that we could have someone of his potential joining us.
"Phil Bardsley looks as though he could be on his way too.
"He's been up to see me and have a look at the club and that one could happen over the next few days."