Velez right-back Peruzzi closes in on Sunderland switch

The Black Cats are in "advanced negotiations" with the 21-year-old, according to the club's vice-president, with the player excited at the prospect of playing in the Premier League
Sunderland are close to agreeing a deal to bring Velez right-back Gino Peruzzi to the Stadium of Light, according to the Argentine club's vice-president.

Peruzzi, who came through the youth ranks at Velez and has represented his country on four occasions, has previously spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League and now looks to be Paolo Di Canio's first major signing of the summer.

"The negotiations are very advanced," vice-president Julio Baldomar said on TV Publica.

Velez general manager Christian Bassedas has experience of the area after spending three years at Newcastle from 2000 to 2003, and Peruzzi says his positive reviews has helped make the decision to move away from his homeland.

"It's beautiful, especially since in my opinion it's one of the best leagues because of the tempo played there," Peruzzi told Ole. "I think English football is the most competitive.

"Yes, Bassedas told me about the city, the people, that there is a lot of respect, he said something about the team. He told me that he liked to play there. I want to leave [Velez] as a winner."