Gus Poyet made no secret in the summer of his wish to add a fellow Uruguayan to Sunderland's ranks. Sebastian Coates eventually arrived to fulfil that wish but not before the club were linked with moves for the likes of Leandro Rodriguez, Abel Hernandez, Jose Gimenez and, most notably, Cristian 'Onion' Rodriguez.
The winter transfer window has yet to open but another Uruguayan name has already been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light, with Sao Paolo's on loan Inter Milan wing-back Alvaro Pereira the player in question.
According to the player's agent, Alfredo Regueira, the player will almost certainly leave Sao Paolo in the near future and Sunderland are a possible destination for the 29-year-old;
If he returns to Inter? There's a chance he'll be excluded. Alvaro will almost certainly leave Sao Paolo.
On him there are two or three Brazilian teams but could also return to play in Europe. Sunderland, for example, would be a nice place where to test.
It does appear to be a case of Sunderland's name being thrown into the hat due to a Uruguayan being our manager but with Patrick van Aanholt out for another month or so and Billy Jones also yet to return from injury, it could be one to watch.