PHOTO: Argentine World Cup playmaker poses with Sunderland shirt after signing loan deal

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Sunderland have made Inter Milan playmaker Ricardo Alvarez their ninth summer signing having presented the 26-year-old tonght.

The Black Cats have added to their squad this summer with the arrivals of Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, Sebastian Coates, Santiago Vergini, Patrick van Aanholt, Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez and Will Buckley, with manager Gus Poyet looking to drag the club away from the relegation mire they were stuck in last season.

Now, Poyet is looking to add more South American flair to his side with the arrival of 26-yearold Inter Milan playmaker Ricardo Alvarez.

The Argentine international was in Alejandro Sabella's squad for the World Cup, and whilst he was very much a peripheral figure in Argentina's run to the World Cup final, Alvarez has earned a reputation for being a skilful, talented playmaker with an eye for goal during his spell in Serie A.

Formerly of Velez Sarsfield, Alvarez will add a touch of class to the Sunderland attack, and he says he's delighted to have made the move to the Premier League.

"I’m very happy to be here," said Alvarez. "It’s a great opportunity, a great club and I’m looking forward to playing in England and playing my part for Sunderland."

Whilst many South Americans have struggled to make an impact in English football, Sunderland have to be hoping that Alvarez can be the missing piece in their attack - especially with a permanent deal agreed if they so wish at the end of his loan spell.

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