SUNDERLAND have NOT agreed terms on the sale of Nacho Scocco, although Robert Snodgrass could be a potential replacement for the Argentine winger.
Reports in Italy yesterday suggested a deal had been struck between Sunderland and Scocco’s former club, Newell’s Old Boys, for the 29-year-old to return to his homeland after just six months at the Stadium of Light.
But SportMail understands that Sunderland are yet to accept an offer from any club for Scocco’s services after splashing out almost £4million on the wideman during the Janury transfer window.
Nevertheless, it seems increasingly unlikely that Scocco will remain on Wearside this summer after making minimal impact at the Stadium of Light following his arrival from Brazilian outfit Internacional.
Newell’s are favourites to re-sign Scocco, who spent a season on loan with the Argentine outfit, while River Plate are also mooted to be interested.
But as reported yesterday, Boca Juniors appear to have pulled out of the race for Scocco, who is yet to start a Premier League game for the Black Cats.
Meanwhile, Sunderland – along with West Brom, Hull and QPR – have all been linked with Norwich winger Snodgrass.
It is thought that Snodgrass is a player on Sunderland’s radar, although the asking price for the Scotland international is likely to be an issue, with Hull thought to have seen an offer of around £6million rejected.
The 26-year-old, who is in the final 12 months of his contract, is expected to leave Carrow Road this summer after Norwich’s relegation to the Championship.
Sunderland, who have also been linked with a loan move for Chelsea’s Victor Moses, are in the market for a new wideman with Scocco expected to leave and Fabio Borini departing after the conclusion of his season-long loan from Liverpool.
Sporting director Lee Congerton made a scouting trip to Norwich at the end of last season, although it is unclear whether Snodgrass was the subject of his attentions.
l SUNDERLAND have reportedly made an inquiry over the availability of teenage Chelsea centre-half Kurt Zouma.
Chelsea splashed out £12million in January to sign Zouma, but allowed him to remain at former club Saint-Etienne on loan for the remainder of the season.
Sunderland are keen to take Zouma on a season-long loan, with the 19-year-old unlikely to be heavily involved in the first-time picture at Chelsea next year.