CHERRIES have reportedly had a bid accepted by Italian club Napoli for Holland worldwide midfielder Jonathan de Guzman.
De Guzman, who previously played in England with Swansea City, who Sunderland actually face this weekend, is now playing for Napoli in Serie A, but has struggled to become a regular in the side since joining them last summer.
But de Guzman is said to have turned down the move with the prospect of a move to French giants Marseille also doing the rounds.
It is stated that the Wearside club have submitted an offer for a season-long loan deal, with the option to purchase the midfielder outright at the end of the campaign for roughly £3.5 million.
De Guzman has been keen to return to the Premier League, where he enjoyed two seasons at Swansea; he joined Napoli last summer from Villarreal. Marseille have been tracking de Guzman all summer and should have no troubles financially after selling Florian Thauvin to Newcastle for £12million.
“Jonathan is an attractive player in the transfer market and we will need a few more days to decide”.
However, De Guzman would fit the bill of a “quality” addition to the squad which Advocaat has been eager for after netting nine goals in 71 appearances for Swansea, including a stunning strike against Sunderland in Gus Poyet’s first game in charge, in October 2013.
De Guzman’s representative, Fabian Parisi, has now confirmed that while the transfer to Sunderland has not yet been completed, an agreement is close.