Sunderland linked to River striker

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SUNDERLAND – along with Porto – have been linked with a move for River Plate forward Leandro Rodriguez.

The Black Cats will be wary of re-entering the South American market though, with the club on the verge of offloading Argentine international Nacho Scocco after just six months at the Stadium of Light.

A payment plan is thought to have been agreed between Sunderland and Newell’s Old Boys over the £2.1million sale of Scocco.

But Scocco’s departure is not expected to be rubber-stamped until next week, with Sunderland still negotiating an outstanding payment with the 29-year-old’s former club, Internacional.