Sunderland are looking to add Argentine winger, Ignacio Scocco, to their ranks this summer – after already striking deals with Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite and Cabral thus far – reports the Sunderland Echo.
The 28-year-old has spent the season on loan with Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys from his parent club Al-Ain of United Arab Emirates.
Scocco’s senior career actually began at Newell’s Old Boys, where he spent three seasons - making 83 appearances and scoring 20 goals.
He then moved on to Pumas UNAM of Mexico for $3.5m – appearing 61 times and finding the back of the net 24 times – before moving on to Greece with AEK Athens two seasons later for €1.5m, making 112 appearances and scoring 32 goals.
Three seasons passed and he found himself at his current parent club, Al-Ain, for whom he netted 15 goals in 31 appearances. After a season, he was loaned back to his first club and has since made a further 36 appearances for Newell’s Old Boys and added 27 goals.
He has also appeared once for Argentina – scoring two goals on his debut.
The Argentine prefers to operate from the wings – using his dribbling and pace to beat defenders and in turn setting up team-mates or cutting inside and firing his amazingly powerful shots towards goal – but he can also operate in an attacking midfield or striking role.
The winger is a classy player and would certainly add a bit more spark to a Sunderland side that lacked inspiration during this season – as shown by their 17th place finish in the Premier League.
Should Scocco choose to make the switch to the Stadium of Light, he would have to take a hefty pay cut. He currently, reportedly, earns about £60,000-a-week at Al-Ain - and this is an amount that Sunderland would be unlikely to be willing to pay.
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