Sunderland transfer round up: £6m for Scocco and a new Johnson on the scene

Andy Johnson

Internacional want more money for Argentine, Andrew Johnson could head north and Craig Gardner targeted by West Brom

Gus Poyet’s prospects of signing Ignacio Scocco are in doubt after Internacional ruled out a loan move and demanded over £6m for the Argentine, according to the Northern Echo.

The Brazilian club only signed Scocco from UAE club Al Ain in the summer but are determined to make a profit on the forward they signed for around £5m.

Scocco previously played in Greece for AEK Athens and scored twice on his only appearance for Argentina in 2012.

Scocco’s father Hector claimed: ““The most likely is that (Scocco) joins Sunderland. River and Newell’s asked for him, but Internacional’s demands are too high and they don’t want to loan him out.

“That’s understandable as they want to recoup the investment they made, and no club in Argentina can afford what they want. But Poyet told him (Scocco) what he wants, and that he is very interested that Scocco goes (to Sunderland).”

With Jozy Altidore still not firing, Steven Fletcher constantly being linked with a move away and loanee Fabio Borini inconsistent it is clear Poyet needs to boost his strikeforce to maintain the Black Cats’ upturn in form.

With this in mind, the Sunday People have reported that QPR’s Andrew Johnson is another Sunderland target.

The former Fulham, Everton and Crystal Palace striker spent most of last season sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury and has struggled to get into Harry Redknapp’s promotion chasing side this season.

The Sunday People also claim that Saturday’s hat-trick hero Adam Johnson is still going to be sold by Poyet despite his upturn in form and that Palace and Fulham are among the frontrunners to secure his signature.

The Mirror have reported that Craig Gardner is a target for West Bromwich Albion.

The former Aston Villa and Birmingham City midfielder is out of contract with Sunderland in the summer and his young family still live in the Midlands.

Graham Dorrans could be sold by the Baggies to accommodate for his arrival.

Elsewhere, the Sunday People report that Jack Baldwin of Hartlepool and Rochdale striker Scott Hogan are targets for Poyet.

20-year-old centre-back Baldwin has been dubbed the ‘new Alan Hansen’ while Hogan is one of the hottest properties in the lower leagues with Peterborough United having a near-£1m bid rejected.

Meanwhile, Poyet has expressed his interest in signing Ki Sung-Yueng on a permanent deal from Swansea after he scored his third goal of the season against Fulham on Saturday, according to Four Four Two.

His fellow South Korean Ji Dong-won is being lined up by German club Augsburg, according to the Sunderland Echo.

The forward has made just six starts since signing in June 2011 for £2m and Paolo Di Canio turned down the chance to sell him for £5m to Borussia Dortmund last summer.

However, his stock remains high in Germany and if Sunderland do not sell now they could lose him for nothing when his contract runs out in the summer.

The Sunderland Echo also report that the Santiago Vergini deal is nearly complete.

The Argentinian defender would sign on a contract until the end of the season with an option to extend his stay.

Finally, the Shields Gazette report that 21-year-old midfielder Billy Knott has returned to the club after a loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers.

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