Sunderland are close to sealing a deal for Velez Sarsfield wing-back Gino Peruzzi.

The Daily Star says Sunderland are closing in on £5million-rated Argentina right-back Peruzzi.

Velez Sarsfield president Miguel Calello says his club have agreed a fee with the Black Cats and Peruzzi has been given permission to discuss personal terms.

Peruzzi, 21, had been linked with Man City and Inter Milan but Calello said: "We talked about the payment conditions and the value and reached an agreement quickly.

"Now Gino Peruzzi's representatives and the English club need to reach an agreement."