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Report: Giants Targeting Sunderland Striker

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Is Nacho Scocco's stay on Wearside going to be a short-lived one?

Paul Thomas

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South American giants Boca Juniors are targeting Sunderland striker Nacho Scocco according to multiple reports from Buenos Aires.

The Argentinian has failed to make an impact in England following a January move from Internacional and that has seen speculation surround his future. Olympiakos have also been credited with an interest, whilst the president of his former club, Newell's Old Boys, has spoken of his desire to bring Scocco 'home'.

Whether or not Gus Poyet is receptive to interest in the 28-year-old remains to be seen. Sunderland have not seen the best - or much at all - of him but Poyet has always claimed that the time to judge Scocco will be next season after a full and involved pre-season and more time to adapt to life in England.

On the other hand, with four strikers currently on the books, you sense that if Poyet hopes to bring in a fresh focal point in attack this summer then one will have to make way.

Connor Wickham appears to be in possession of the role right now, and the head coach has already spoken of his intention to keep Jozy Altidore on Wearside next season as well as finally having the benefit of a fully fit Steven Fletcher. It may well be that Scocco is the odd man out.

You certainly sense that a head-turning offer for any of those four players may well just see Sunderland tempted to sell this summer.