SUNDERLAND are on the verge of signing exciting Argentine attacker Ignacio Scocco, head coach Gus Poyet has confirmed.
A rapid conclusion appears to be approaching in the Black Cats’ bid to sign the Internacional player with talk of a £4m fee and a two-and-a-half year contract.
And Poyet confirmed: “I hope the Scocco move will go through - it is not done but it is very, very close.”
Should Scocco sign, he will be the fourth new player brought to the Academy of Light this month, joining full-back Marcos Alonso, centre-half Santiago Vergini and goalkeeper Oscar Ustari.
And the head coach does not hope to stop there with the likes of Liam Bridcutt and maybe one or two more on the horizon.
“I’m pleased with how things are going so far,” he said. “ I hope that we will do at least one more before seeing if there are any more possibilities before the window closes”
That “one more”, could be Brighton midfielder Bridcutt, with talk being of Sunderland’s England Under 21 striker Connor Wickham being loaned out as a makeweight to ensure the deal for the Scottish international goes through.
But Poyet did not want to get involved in a discussion with Bridcutt or what the immediate future holds for Wickham.
He said of the Sunderland striker: “We are analysing the situation fully and having a chat with the player.
“It is impossible to say what will happen just yet because he is training with us and is a player we can use.
“It will depend upon the squad’s needs and his needs.”