Di Canio presses on with rebuilding.
Sunderland have confirmed that they have signed talented young midfielder El Hadji Ba from French side Le Havre, Sky Sports reports.
The 20-year-old has put pen to paper on a three year deal at the Stadium of Light and has become the seventh new signing made by Paolo Di Canio during this transfer window and he has already flew out to Italy to join up with the rest of his new teammates at their training camp in Italy.
The Black Cats have already added Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Jozy Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore to their ranks and look set to continue spending with Velez Sarsfield defender Gino Peruzzi believed to be close to joining soon.
However, they missed out on Ba’s former Le Havre teammate Benjamin Mendy, who opted to link up with Ligue 1 giants Marseille instead, but the deal for Peruzzi now appears to be back on after the deal initially stalled over personal terms.
Reports in Italy also suggest that Di Canio is close to agreeing a deal for Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, with around £8.6m required to release him from his contract in Turin.
Ba first broke into the Le Havre set up at the start of last year and went on to make a modest 12 appearances for the side since then.