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Gus Poyet is still hoping to convince Serie A side Fiorentina to sell Marcos Alonso to Sunderland.

Shaun Botterill

Although there have been reports that West Ham United are close to agreeing a deal to sign Marcos Alonso, Gus Poyet has revealed that he is still hoping to sign the left back on a permanent basis.

In an interview with Spanish publication MARCA about the World Cup, Poyet answered a question about whether he would be signing any Spanish players for the upcoming season;

I'm there with 'Marquitos' Alonso, I already had him for six months.

We are doing everything possible so that Fiorentina give him to us.

That will be music to the ears of all Sunderland fans, Alonso played a big part in our 'Great Escape' and provided a reliable presence at left back after the disastrous first half of the season where we had to rely on players playing out out of position or, even worse, Andrea Dossena.

Fiorentina reportedly want to take a look at Alonso in pre-season before making a decision on the Spaniard's future but with West Ham sniffing around the player, Poyet will be hoping to sign the popular 23-year-old sooner rather than later.

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