RIVER Plate are looking to hijack Nacho Scocco’s move to fellow Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys by offering more money for the Sunderland forward.
Sunderland were understood to have agreed a fee of around £2.3million with Newell’s earlier this week for the sale of Scocco, just six months after he arrived at the Stadium of Light.
Newell’s have been looking to re-sign Scocco for a third spell throughout the summer and finally settled on a figure with the Black Cats after director Pablo Morosano held talks with Sunderland’s hierarchy.
With Scocco equally keen to return to his homeland, the two clubs were finalising the details of the move, with the 29-year-old’s departure expected to be rubber-stamped next week.
But sources in Argentina have suggested that River have now made a bid in excess of the £2.3m offered by Newell’s.
The approach from River understandably appeals more to Sunderland after the club splashed out around £3.2m on Scocco in the January transfer window, following a month-long pursuit of the Argentina international.
And that has left the position of Newell’s uncertain, with the possibility that they may have to raise their offer for Scocco.
Meanwhile, Sunderland and QPR have both been linked with former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill.
But the Echo understands that Sunderland are unlikely to make a move for the Australian, who scored one of the stand-out goals of the World Cup against Holland.
Reports yesterday suggested that Sunderland, QPR, plus several other clubs in Europe, were interested in bringing Cahill back to the Premier League after the midfielder has spent the past two years in Major League Soccer for New York Red Bulls.
Then Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was keen on signing Cahill on loan in January 2013 as a stop-gap measure, only for the move to fall through.
But Cahill, who turns 35 in December, is not expected to be in Sunderland’s sights this summer, despite the Black Cats’ search for players with previous Premier League experience.