Sunderland face Villarreal challenge for Lucas Orban

Sunderland face Villarreal competition for Tigre fullback Lucas Orban.

Sunderland face Villarreal competition for Tigre fullback Lucas Orban.

The Shields Gazette says Sunderland remain confident of landing the 24-year-old, although under Premier League rules, they would need to agree a deal with both Tigre and River Plate, who each own half of his registration.

But Villarreal, together with Boca Juniors, are keen to gazump Sunderland to the signing of a player who has earned rave reviews this season.

Villarreal are back into the Primera Division next season.

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