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Sunderland look set to add striker, Ignacio Scocco to their growing contingent of Argentine players after a fee in the region of £3 million has reportedly been agreed with Brazilian club, Internacional.
A long term target for the Wearsiders, Scocco was linked before his move to Brazil when he was the standout player in Argentina’s Primera Division for Newell’s Old Boys. Then, playing for current Barcelona Manager, Tata Martino, Scocco was twice the leading scorer and was key to the Newell’s side that won the Torneo Final in 2013.
The fact that Internacional still owe Newell’s money for his transfer after that championship winning season was said to have complicated any transfer in this window, especially with Newell’s keen to bring Scocco back to Rosario. However, it is understood that Sunderland have agreed a deal that will see some of the transfer fee going to the Argentine side.
Scocco’s move to Brazil has not been a successful one but given his record throughout his career there were no shortage of interested parties. Just in the Premier League, Sunderland had to stave off interest from Cardiff to complete the deal. Perhaps joining former Newell’s teammate Santiago Vergini and goalkeeper, Oscar Ustari was the deal breaker.
At 28, Scocco should be entering his prime and the cut-price deal for a player on the cusp of the Argentina squad, at least while at Newell’s, could prove to be a shrewd piece of business by Gus Poyet.
Despite being much travelled Scocco has always scored goals whether it was in either of his spells with Newell’s Old Boys, in Mexico with Pumas, in Greece with AEK Athens or in the UAE with Al Ain.
Pacy and versatile enough to play across the front line, Scocco can drift out wide or drop deeper to get involved in build up play and his eye of goal leads him to scoring all types of goals, from spectacular long range strikes to poacher’s goals in and around the six yard box.
Upon returning to Newell’s in 2012 with his boyhood club in trouble, Scocco fired them to runners up spot and was the league’s top scorer. The following season, Scocco again ended top of the scoring charts only this time Newell’s went one better and were crowned Torneo Final champions.
With a shortage of goals being the real problem in The Stadium of Light, Scocco may provide the lift needed to fire Sunderland to safety. If he can hit the ground running he could become a club hero by helping The Black Cats out of their precarious position.
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