SUNDERLAND are mulling over possible moves for striker Ignacio Scocco and goalkeeper Mariano Andujar in the wake of signing their countryman, Argentine centre-half Santiago Vergini.
Vergini’s signing has yet to be officially confirmed by the club but Sunderland boss Gus Poyet felt confident enough about the move being rubber-stamped to discuss the 25-year-old’s imminent arrival.
“He’s a player who can improve us,” he told Echo. “He has a lot of good qualities.”
Vergini will join fellow new signing Marcos Alonso at the Academy of Light, but Poyet is planning on bringing more new faces in during the January transfer window and Scocco and Andjular are on the radar.
The Black Cats’ boss has no intention of tying himself down to particular targets and has told the Echo he will not be held to ransom or focus purely on one or two targets.
“I tell you now that there will be players who will miss out on the chance of playing for Sunderland Football Club because another club takes too long to consider the offer or because of an agent,” he said.
“It is unfortunate for the players but I have seen it happen before.”
Poyet confirmed to the Echo that he is on the look out for a new goalkeeper in the wake of Keiren Westwood’s shoulder problem which could sideline the Irishman for the remainder of the season.
The Uruguayan though is looking at a variety of options when it comes to a stopper, and that includes a decision on whether to get a short-term reinforcement or a long-term signing.
“We are looking at signing another goalkeeper,” he said. “There are a number of possibilities and it could be someone who just comes in for the rest of the season, or it could be someone who gets a three-year contract.”
Thirty-year-old Andjuar is an Argentine goalkeeper who plays for Italian Serie A side Calcio Catania.and has 10 international caps.
Scocco is a free-scoring attacker who has played in Europe with AEK Athens and in the Gulf with Al Ain.
But the 28-year-old has made his name in South American football, in successful spells with Newell Old Boys, Mexican side Pumas and current side Internacional, with a good goalscoring record at all three.