SUNDERLAND will have to splash out around £2.5million if they want to sign full-back Ondrej Celustka on a permanent deal.
Celustka has been one of the early success stories of Sunderland’s summer spending spree after arriving on a season-long loan from Turkish outfit Trabzonspor.
The Czech defender has made no secret of his desire to impress sufficiently at the Stadium of Light to earn a longer stay in the Premier League.
Within days of his arrival, Celustka said: “I would like to do well here at Sunderland and make this a permanent move. That is my hope.
“I want so much to stay here, but, of course, I know it depends upon me and how I perform.”
And as is this the case with all overseas loans, a clause has been built into the deal to convert it into a permanent switch.
But Sunderland would have to pay a fee of £2.5m to activate that agreement next summer, if they want to keep the 24-year-old.
Certainly, the early signs from Celustka have been encouraging after solving Sunderland’s exhaustive hunt for a right-back, which had dragged on throughout the summer.
When Sunderland’s move for principal target Gino Peruzzi fell through, the Black Cats were forced to consider alternative options, before signing Celustka just five days before the start of the season.
But as the Echo reported last week, head coach Paolo Di Canio has been impressed by Celustka’s contribution so far.
Di Canio said: “To be honest, every one of the new players has done a good job, but he’s one of the most positive, because we couldn’t expect this level straight away.
“It’s not easy playing in England.
“He only had four days training with us before the start of the season.
“But he’s a fantastic professional, with determination, desire and, as I said when he came, he had the hunger to play in England.
“He has been fully committed in the training sessions.”