IGNACIO Scocco is expected to pen a two-and-a-half year deal with Sunderland, as the Black Cats put the final touches to their move for the Argentine winger.
Sunderland are confident of bringing Scocco to the Stadium of Light before Friday’s transfer deadline, with the Argentina international earmarked to boost the goal return of Gus Poyet’s side, who have netted just 21 times in 22 Premier League outings this season.
Scocco’s agent met with the president of Brazilian outfit Internacionale yesterday and the final details of the deal are expected to be completed today to end the 28-year-old’s unhappy six month spell at the club.
There were widespread reports in Argentina yesterday that Scocco will pen a two-and-a-half year contract with the Black Cats in a £4million switch to Wearside.
And that would represent a successful conclusion to Sunderland’s negotiating skills after Internacionale were originally looking for a fee in excess of £5million for Scocco.
Sunderland, who had proposed a loan deal, were unwilling to go that high, but have now struck a deal whereby they will pay £2.5m to Internacional and £1.5m to ex-club Newell’s Old Boys.
The Black Cats had been interested in Scocco during the summer before he joined Internacional from Middle Eastern club Al-Ain after a successful loan spell at Newell’s Old Boys, where he netted 30 times in 46 games.
But with Scocco unhappy at Internacional, Sunderland reignited their interest, with Poyet keeping tabs on the forward during his tenure as Brighton manager.
And while Scocco does not boast the experience of English football which Poyet has been looking for during the January window, he has played in Europe before after spending three years in Greece with AEK Athens.