Stadium of Light spending spree set to continue.
Sunderland and Juventus have reportedly agreed a fee for Italian winger Emanuele Giaccherini, according to Tyne and Wear Sky which regard the signing as imminent according to Sky.com.
The Italian international is wanted by newly appointed Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio as he looks to continue his mass overhaul of the Premier League side, who finished one place above the relegation zone last season.
It is reported that the clubs have agreed a £6.8million (€8million) fee plus add-ons based on appearances and goals scored. The Wearside club have allegedly offered the 28 year-old double his current wages at Italian champions Juventus.
Giaccherini’s agent had talked down the transfer earlier this week. When asked if Giaccherini was looking for a move, he said: “Absolutely not, he is fine at Juventus.
“He has the confidence of everyone and still wants to win so much. I believe Juventus are in a strong shape to win a third consecutive title.”
But reports in England claim the exact opposite to these quotes. It was clear there has been previous bids from the Premier League club which had been turned down.
Club chairman Ellis Short has allowed Di Canio the freedom to spend to help the Premier League club fight for survival next year as they look to improve on last season.
If Giaccherini is to arrive at the English club, he will become their seventh signing of the window, after the recent arrivals of forwards Moberg Karlsson and Jozy Altidore; defenders Cabral, Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite; and goalkeeper Vito Mannone.