Reports: Sunderland Set Up Agreement With Spanish Side

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Sunderland have set up another partnership, this time with Spanish third tier side FC Gava, and two of their players are already on their way to Wearside for a training stint.

According to reports coming out of Spain, Sunderland have signed yet another agreement with a small side in Catalonia, adding to the already in place agreements with Ghana's Asante Kotoko and the recently agreed deal with Belgian Pro-League side Lierse SK.

The deal has been agreed with Spanish 3rd Division side FC Gava. A small side based in Barcelona - and also share the Catalonian giants colours - and are renown for having some exceptional training facilities.

The details of the deal are as yet unclear, but likely arrangements could see Sunderland travel there for warm weather training in the cold winter months, as well as another place where young players can be loaned to play or help gain EU citizenship.

One part of the agreement does seem to be Sunderland being able to pick up youth talent from Gava, as it has been announced by the club that two young defenders - Oriol Valero and Dani Hernandez - are on their way to Wearside to train for a week alongside the youth team.

Sunderland have taken steps into Spanish recruitment before with reserve team midfielder Alejandro Gorrin coming through the youth ranks since arriving as a teenager from Tenerife, plus of course the Academy One status allows us to cast our net far and wide for talent.

And there's talent to be had at FC Gava. Recent graduates of their academy have gone on to sign with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Espanyol.

It's another good sign that the club are looking far and wide to help the club have a sustained and successful future.

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