MORGAN AMALFITANO is NOT among the possibilities to replace the departed Nacho Scocco at Sunderland.
Scocco last night finally completed his £2.3million move to Newell’s Old Boys after the Argentine side beat off competition from rivals River Plate to sign the 29-year-old for a third spell at the club.
Marseille winger Amalfitano, who spent last season at West Brom, has been linked as a potential replacement on Sunderland’s flanks, with Crystal Palace also rumoured to be interested in the 29-year-old.
But Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet insists his interest in Amalfitano is historic and he is looking at other targets.
Poyet said: “Right now, I will say there is not a real interest in Amalfitano.
“I followed him when he was at Lorient before he went to Marseille, so I know the player from four years ago.
“It was nice to see him in England playing last season.
“But in that position, we’re looking for a second striker - which will hopefully be Fabio Borini - and pace, whereas Morgan has more ability on the ball.”
Sunderland have been locked in talks with Newell’s for the last month for the sale of Scocco, who only arrived at the Stadium of Light in the January transfer window.
The former AEK Athens forward failed to start a single Premier League game or find the net after arriving in a £3.2m move from Brazilian outfit Internacional and has been hankering for a move to Newell’s throughout the summer.
Poyet had hoped that a full pre-season would produce an upturn in fortunes for Scocco, yet Sunderland have instead cut their losses.
“We had a couple of options in Argentina,” said Poyet.
“He wanted to go back and they were good deals for us. It was just about the final details.”