Ba joins Sunderland, Peruzzi close

Sunderland has completed a deal for Le Havre midfielder El-Hadji Ba, while Velez Sarsfield fullback Gino Peruzzi will also head for England with a view to completing a move.

The France Under-20 international has signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light and becomes the seventh man to join the club since the end of last season.

He has already joined up with his new team-mates and manager Paolo Di Canio at a training camp in Italy.

A product of Le Havre's youth set-up, Ba broke into the first team set-up at the beginning of 2012 and went on to make 12 league appearances.

He follows Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Jozy Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore into the club, and the list of newcomers could be boosted further within the next 24 hours.

Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield has confirmed fullback Gino Peruzzi will head for England on Thursday with a view to completing his move to Sunderland.

In a statement on its official website,, it revealed it has finally agreed a deal with the Black Cats for the 21-year-old's signature.

The statement read: "Velez Sarsfield and Sunderland Association Football Club have reached an agreement to transfer the player Gino Peruzzi."

Velez says the player and two club officials will head for the Stadium of Light in a bid to finalise the transfer.

The news will come as a major boost to Di Canio after it appeared that the proposed deal had stalled earlier this week.

Velez vice-president Julio Baldomar claimed that Peruzzi had rejected the personal terms offered by the Black Cats, although fresh discussions appear to have solved whatever problem there was.

The fullback berths have been high on Di Canio's wish-list this northern summer with left-back Danny Rose having returned to parent club Tottenham Hotspur after a successful loan spell and Phil Bardsley seemingly surplus to requirements.

Sunderland missed out on highly-rated Le Havre teenager Benjamin Mendy when he opted to join Marseille instead, but it looks to have landed Peruzzi to tick another of the manager's boxes.

Meanwhile, reports from Italy claim it is also close to striking a deal for Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini.