Sunderland set to lose striker Scocco

SUNDERLAND head coach Gus Poyet has admitted striker Ignacio Scocco's future is likely to lie away from the club.

Scocco, known as "Nacho", arrived on Wearside in January as Poyet invested £3.2million in his services in the search for goals to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League.Ultimately, it was a gamble which did not pay off as the 29-year-old Argentinian made only eight appearances and failed to find the back of the net.

Former club Newell's Old Boys have been on his trail for several weeks and River Plate have also expressed an interest as South America beckons once again. Poyet said: "My first idea - and I knew it would be difficult - was to use Nacho last season to help us get out of the problems we were in.

"It was always going to be difficult for a player who had played in Argentina and Brazil over the last year to come to the English Premier League."