Pursuers put off after Sunderland’s Nacho praises Old Boys

Nacho Scocco.
Nacho Scocco.
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NACHO Scocco has talked himself out of one potential move back to Argentina after his praise of Newell’s Old Boys put off Boca Juniors.

Boca had been looking closely at Scocco, who has failed to impress at Sunderland since his £3.2million move to Wearside in the January transfer window.

The Buenos Aires giants were expected to firm up their interest, being one of the few South American clubs who have the financial resources to be able to buy him back from the Premier League.

But Scocco has made no secret of his preference to return to his form club Newell’s Old Boys, and that desire has been enough to put off Boca, who are believed to have already started to turn their attention elsewhere.

Boca president Daniel Angelici said: “Scocco was in Boca manager Carlos Bianchi’s thoughts, but we did not like to read in the media stating that he prefers to play for Newell’s.”

Angelici’s comments would seem to close the door on any potential move, although Scocco’s agent, Fabian Soldini, refused to rule it out, saying: “If at the close of the transfer market no club has made an offer, perhaps the situation can change.”

River Plate have also been linked with Scocco, but it is Newell’s, the club where he started his career, that he would like to return to if he severs his link with Sunderland.

Earlier this month, the Argentinian international said: “If you ask me, I’ll obviously tell you that I want to play for Newell’s.

“Newell’s will always be first in my priorities, but this time I can’t move a finger to help Newell’s in a possible negotiation.

“I can only give my opinion if you ask me where I want to go.

“There are things that bother me, for example when I walk through the streets of Rosario and people come to me and say ‘remember you said that in Argentina you will only play for Newell’s?’

“What I am saying is that provided there is a possibility to go to Newell’s, then they will have priority, but if there are no possibilities, obviously I will have to look for second choices.”

Scocco joined Sunderland from Brazilian club Internacional in January and boss Gus Poyet was thrilled to capture an attacker he thought could thrill Sunderland fans with his ability to score and create goals.

But so far he has produced little in his half-dozen appearances for the Black Cats to suggest he could be a special talent in English football

Poyet finished last season saying he felt Scocco could go on to show his true quality next season once he had a full pre-season on Wearside behind him.

But the comments Scocco has made inviting South American interest might make Poyet think twice about the striker’s future at Sunderland.

If Poyet does look at potential selling options now in a bid to cut his losses, he might find that Boca, potential buyers, have now genuinely moved on.

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