Sunderland have finally clinched a deal for Santiago Vergini – and the Argentina defender is eligible to play at Manchester United on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old centre-back has joined Sunderland until the end of the season but an option has been built into the deal which would mean a permanent move in the summer – if he impresses the Black Cats.
Sunderland’s pursuit of Vergini has been one of their longest running sagas of the January transfer window but it always appeared likely after he jetted into the North East last week.
He was one of Gus Poyet’s targets for the window, despite initial suspicions he was another Roberto De Fanti pick.
The deal was slightly delayed while Sunderland undid the complexities of his contractual situation. Vergini is owned by Uruguayan side Atletico Fenix but had been on loan with Argentinian side Estudiantes.
Vergini had a spell playing in Paraguay with Olimpia and in Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys and has played in Europe with Verona in 2011.
Meanwhile, Adam Johnson says there is nothing “magical” about his return to form.
He said: “I’m on a nice run of form and I’m delighted with how it’s going.
“I just want to keep getting my head down, working hard and keep helping us to get points.
“People go through bad spells in their career and good spells.
“I haven’t changed anything at all.
“Nothing that I’ve been doing in training or anything, you just have to keep working hard.”