It has been confirmed that Santiago Vergini - who was signed on a permanent deal only this summer - has left the club on a season long loan deal to join Spanish side Getafe.
The deal - which sees Vergini join the Spanish club with a view to a permanent move - comes after Dick Advocaat confirmed that the Argentina international's future on Wearside was over, seemingly not a part of his plans going forward.
Advocaat, who has highlighted the need to sign quality in the heart of our defence this summer, said:
Good luck Santi - it's a shame it never worked out for him at the club and, had Gus Poyet still been the head coach, I suspect he would have been a vital part of the squad going forward. In this instance it's a case of the player simply not fitting the remit of what the manager wants in that position. The deal to sign Vergini was obviously agreed last summer when Poyet was manager, meaning we had no choice but to take him on a permanent basis and then help him to find a new club elsewhere.
"It’s a new season and I have to be straight and honest with people.
I don’t want to go on with him, with all respect. I’m sorry for Santi, but he has to go and find another club.
It was the same with the right-back. Probably if other players realise if I buy someone for a certain position, they will ask if they can go. That’s the way it goes."