Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini wants to make his loan move to Serie A side Bologna a permanent transfer, as reported by Steve Brown of the Chronicle.

The Italian international joined The Black Cats from Juventus for £6.5 million in 2013 and had a decent first season at the club, scoring five goals in 32 appearances.

His second season in the North East was ravaged by injuries and he only ended up making 11 appearances before he was finally ruled out for the rest of the campaign after reinjuring his ankle in a 3-1 over Fulham. He did manage to make one cameo appearance on the last game of that campaign, but hasn’t featured since.

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He’s played 16 Serie A games for Bologna since arriving on loan and he has scored six goals, including a winner at the San Siro against AC Milan in early January.

Giaccherini’s qualities are clear to see, when he stays healthy and a talent-deprived squad such as the one currently at Sam Allardyce’s disposal could use someone of his ability, but the Italian has already asked his agent to try and make his move to his homeland permanent.

He said:

I’ve already made my decision. I want to stay at Bologna. My agent and the club are already working in this direction.