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Sunderland Given Striker Hope

Sunderland's chances of capturing the signing of Ignacio 'Nacho' Scocco have been given a boost.

Sunderland's pursuit of Nacho Scocco has been given a big boost today, after Internacional declared that they would allow the Argentine international to head out on loan.

Initial reports suggested that the Brazilian club wanted to recoup the £3.5m they paid for the striker and since then it was suggested that they were looking for around £6.5m fee for the 28-year-old. Such a fee would no doubt be beyond Sunderland's budget in this transfer window.

Today, however, the Vice-President of Internacional, Marcelo Medeiros, has clarified the Brazilian club's position on the matter;

He can leave permanently or on loan.

If by the latter, the club who wants him will have to pay the player's salary in full and pay us for the loan.

The report, if true, will increase Sunderland's chances of signing a player who scored 35 goals in 2013, it will also be a boost to his former side Newell's Old Boys, who are hoping to re-sign the player they sold in the summer.

Scocco's future could well be decided in the next 24 hours, with the player's agent, Fabian Soldini, due to meet the board of Internacional on Thursday in the hope of pushing through a transfer.

Stay tuned to Roker Report throughout January as we keep you up to date with his and all other transfer news and rumours. Also, feel free to keep in touch with our dedicated Transfer Centre, which you can do by CLICKING HERE.