Report: Danilo D'Ambrosio Back On Sunderland's Radar?

Maurizio Lagana

After being frustrated in our attempt to sign a right back, have we returned for one of the first players linked with Sunderland during this window?

The Gino Peruzzi saga is still rumbling on, yesterday it emerged that Italian side Catania had shown interest in signing the Argentine defender, then the Velez president, Miguel Calello, said that until he gets a definitive 'no' from Sunderland, he does not consider the defender's move to be over.

All of which means Sunderland are still waiting to solve their problem right back position and with the season drawing ever closer, the prospect of Craig Gardner filling in there once again grows.

There may be light at the end of the tunnel though, with reports emerging from Italy that suggest Sunderland have gone back to the drawing board and re-entered the race to sign Torino right back Danilo D'Ambrosio. D'Ambrosio was actually the first right back linked to the club this summer, in fact regular readers of Roker Report, will have noticed his name on our weekly column 'The Gossip' since this summer's first edition of that feature.

The 24-year-old, who has one year remaining on his contract, is highly rated in Italy and has been tracked by a number of clubs, including Napoli and Inter Milan. With his contract running down, his agent has admitted that he will leave Torino this summer and although it was a difficult decision, they both feel it's time he had a change of scenery.

It's thought that Torino want €4m for D'Ambrosio and considering he is currently earning a little over £5,000 per week, he will almost certainly fit into the young, hungry and relatively cheap model the club are targeting.

Whether there is any truth behind this link remains to be seen but there is currently a meeting set for Friday, so D'Ambrosio, his representative and Torino can work out a solution that suits all three parties, hopefully that means it won't be another long running saga and we will get some answers by the end of the week.

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