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Black Cats close in on Scocco

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed he is close to landing Argentinian striker Ignacio Scocco.

The Internacional frontman is expected on Wearside to undergo a medical during the next 24 hours or so after the two clubs agreed a fee.

Asked on Tuesday afternoon if the deal was likely to go through, Poyet said: "I hope so. It's not done, but we are very, very close."

Scocco would become the third Argentinian to complete a move to the Stadium of Light this month, following in the footsteps of keeper Oscar Ustari and defender Santiago Vergini, who both made debuts in Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Skrill Premier outfit Kidderminster.

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