According to reports in Belgium, Sunderland have agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid that would see Belgian international defender Toby Alderweireld join the club on loan.
The report claims the agreement is for a one-year loan without an option to purchase and all that remains is to reach agreement with the player, 'which is expected to happen soon'.
The 25-year-old is down the pecking order at Atletico and is looking to leave the club to get more playing time, which has led to the player being linked with clubs all over Europe. As well as Sunderland, there are reports in Italy that Arsenal have reached an agreement with the Spanish champions to sign the Alderweireld on a permanent basis. While Sevilla, West Ham, Southampton and Monaco are also believed to be interested.
Belgian journalist Sven Claes claimed Gus Poyet wasn't interested in signing the defender;
According to my sources, Sunderland-boss Poyet doesn't want Belgian defender Toby Anderweireld (25) on loan. End of story. #Atléti #SAFC— Sven Claes (@svenclaes) August 27, 2014
But it was his newspaper that broke the story that Poyet had reached an agreement with Atletico for Alderweireld, so who knows what to believe?
Meanwhile, French newspaper L'Equipe claims Sunderland and West are interested in Polish international Ludovik Obraniak. The 29-year-old is no longer in the plans of Werder manager Robin Dutt and is looking to leave the Weserstadion.
The versatile attacker only joined the German club on deadline day in January and Werder want the €1.5m fee they paid Bordeaux before they will sell the player, which is too much for interested clubs in Ligue 1 and has led to interest in the Polish international from the Premier League and Russia.
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