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The word out of Greece is that Charis Mavrias' move is back on, with the player in the UK to complete the formalities of a deal.

Richard Heathcote

Young Greek winger Charis Mavrias looks set to be a Sunderland player after all after the deal was reignited over the weekend and a deal put in place.

The 19-year old winger is, according to local news reports in Greece, on his way to England as we type this to complete a deal at a fee of £2.5m and become the club's 11th summer signing.

A deal for the winger first emerged earlier on this summer as Sunderland looked to capture the signature of one of Greece's most promising young players for a knockdown fee from cash-strapped Panathanikos. The deal even got to a a medical stage according to rumour, before the two clubs changed their minds.

With the transfer window nearing it's end and the Greek giants still short on money, the deal was looked at again this weekend and everything seems in place for Mavrias to complete his move.

Mavrias is well thought of in Greece, and by other members of the footballing community. At the time of the original deal top football scout and former Director Of Football at Monaco and Leverkusen, Tor-Kristian Karlsen said;

Good move by Sunderland securing the services of Charis Mavrias from Panathinaikos. Only 19, attacking mf/winger with plenty of potential.

Hopefully he shoes all that potential and more, and while the club still search for a left-back and a central midfielder, progress is being made on both those fronts and the signing of Mavrias should kick-start a decent two weeks (or so) of transfer activity for Sunderland.

For more on Mavrias you'll have to keep an eye on these pages, as we have some expert opinion already lined up for when the move becomes official.