Sunderland are said to be close to landing Argentine striker Ignacio Scocco from Brazilian side Internacional, according to Sky Sports.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is a fan of the 28-year-old hitman, who has not settled in Brazil since moving there in the summer, only managing 10 starts and three goals in a disappointing campaign.
The Argentine striker is a noted long-range shooter and can take direct free-kicks, attributes which the Premier League strugglers are in desperate need of.
Sunderland were put off by his £4m value in the summer, but now they are fighting for Premier League survival and need a consistent goalscorer.
Scocco helped Argentine side Newell's Old Boys to finish second last term whilst on loan there, finishing as the league's top scorer with an impressive 24 goals in 33 games.
At a relatively low price compared to most 20+ goals-per-season strikers, Scocco is an appealing target for Sunderland, as well as some clubs in his native Argentina (Racing Club and River Plate) - although they may not be able to afford his £3 million price tag.
The striker's father has revealed his son is likely to be headed to the Premier League.
"The most likely today is that [Scocco] joins Sunderland," Hector Scocco told Diario Ole.
"River and Newell's asked for him but Internacional's demands are too high and they don't want to loan him out."
The 28-year-old is highly rated and could be just what Sunderland need if they are to fight the drop and play Premier League football next term.
Famously, the Argentine scored two goals in one minute on his full international debut against Brazil, securing a 2-1 win.
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