Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Boca cool interest in Scocco

Ignacio Scocco, left, has struggled to force his way into the Sunderland team

Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco could have talked himself out of a move to Boca Juniors.

The 29-year-old has failed to make an impact on Wearside since his £3.2million January arrival from Brazilian club Internacional, and has been linked with a return to his homeland Argentina.

Scocco, known as "Nacho", has been in the thoughts of Boca boss Carlos Bianchi in recent weeks.

However, club president Daniel Angelici was less than impressed to read comments from the player suggesting a return to former club Newell's Old Boys was his preferred option.

He told Radio Cooperativa: "Scocco was in Bianchi's thoughts, but we did not like to read in the media stating that he prefers to play for Newell's."

River Plate have also been credited with an interest in Argentina international Scocco, although it remains to be seen if any of his potential suitors can come up with the finances to broker a deal.

Earlier this month, the player, who has two years left on his contract, made his position clear when he said: "If you ask me, I'll obviously tell you that I want to play for Newell's."

Scocco was drafted in by the Black Cats as manager Gus Poyet looked to reinforce his misfiring striking department amid a desperate fight for Barclays Premier League survival.

However, he managed only eight senior appearances and did not start a single league game, and he is yet to open his goalscoring account.

Ultimately, it was England Under-21 international Connor Wickham who provided the impetus after being recalled from his loan spell at Leeds as Sunderland dug themselves out of trouble with a remarkable late run.

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