Ignacio Scocco will end his spell at Sunderland and rejoin Newell's Old Boys within days after the Argentinian side came to an agreement with the Black Cats.
The 29-year-old was due to jet back to his homeland to complete the formalities of the deal with Sunderland apparently taking a £1million hit on the transfer. Argentine reports claimed Sunderland would receive around £2.1million for a player who cost around £3million in January – but never threatened to fulfill his potential.
Scocco failed to settle and struggled to make an impact when he played for Sunderland, but it will be his lack of desire to improve that will most disappoint Gus Poyet – who reluctantly sanctioned the sale earlier in the summer.
The move also places an extra demand on Sunderland to broker deals for strikers, with Poyet reaffirming his desire to engage Fabio Borini in talks after the friendly defeat of Carlisle on Tuesday. Sunderland are overly reliant on Steven Fletcher as it is.
Borini played for Liverpool against Roma on Wednesday and Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he is still deciding whether to complete a return to Wearside – despite claims from his agent he doesn’t want to leave the Reds. Sunderland have agreed a fee with Liverpool – not thought to be £14million, despite reports from Merseyside – and believe they can still persuade Borini to sign.
Poyet also hopes to wrap up a deal for Marcos Alonso although he is urging more speed in Sunderland’s dealings, mentioning Lee Congerton’s role when asked about the Black Cats’ recruitment drive.
“It’s difficult to say how much progress has been made in a number - 50% or 75% - but we’re trying,” he said.
“Days go past and there are things that we need to do quickly because Portugal is approaching and we want most of the squad in there. My idea was to have probably 20 of my 23-man squad in place by the time we get to Portugal. That’s not the case.
“I’m working for it and I’m believing, until that changes. It’s just an ongoing situation which is not easy.
“The market is only on with big, big signings and big transfers. The rest are all waiting, I don’t know why.