Argentine club Estudiantes have revealed that they expect defender Santiago Vergini to join Sunderland.
The 25-year-old centre-half only joined Estudiantes last summer after winning the Argentine title with Newell's Old Boys.
Vergini, who has one Argentina cap to his name, is now expected to join Gus Poyet's side.
Estudiantes president Enrique Lombardi has confirmed that they expect 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."