Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Sunderland pull plug on Peruzzi bid

Paolo Di Canio confirms a deal for Gino Peruzzi is off
Paolo Di Canio confirms a deal for Gino Peruzzi is off

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has revealed that Argentinian full-back Gino Peruzzi will not be joining the club after all.

Just a day after the 21-year-old's current employers Velez Sarsfield claimed the deal would go through following the Black Cats' return from Hong Kong, where they are playing in the Barclays Asia Trophy, the Italian revealed the deal had been put on hold because of a problem revealed by a medical on Wearside last week.

Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo in Hong Kong: "At the moment, there is no chance for Gino Peruzzi to join us."

Di Canio thought he had landed the right-back when he travelled to the north-east last week having finally agreed personal terms, only for medical tests to reveal the after-effects of a ligament injury he suffered last season.

The Italian added: "My club is not a club that can sign players with some problems.

"We are not Manchester City, who can think about buying a talented player with an injury and wait for him.

"We are not very late [in the transfer window], but I would like a player ready to join the rest of the group because the process of integration is not just physical.

"They have to understand how we play, which is not easy.''

After the initial medical, Peruzzi was subsequently sent to see a specialist in Rome, and Velez were confident the programme with which he returned would address the issue and allow him to complete his move and become Sunderland's 10th summer signing.

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