Sunderland transfer round up: Ghana and Argentina stars could arrive

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Fulham’s Derek Boateng could make loan move, Ignacio Scocco deal not dead and Oscar Ustari bolsters goalkeeping options

Defensive midfielder Derek Boateng could arrive at the Stadium of Light on a loan deal until the end of the season, according to the Metro.

The journeyman Ghanaian has struggled to make an impact at Fulham this season and is desperate to add to his 46 caps by making his country’s squad for World Cup 2014.

He had previously been linked with Watford and French club Evian but Gus Poyet’s men can offer Premier League football and the feel-good factor surrounding the club after they reached the Capital One Cup final.

Boateng has previously played for clubs in Greece, Israel, Germany, Spain and Ukraine and Sunderland would be his 10th professional team at the age of 30.

Ignacio Scocco could yet arrive at the Stadium of Light, according to the Mirror.

The 28-year-old Argentine appeared more likely to head to Cardiff City earlier in the week, but Sunderland hope their Capital One Cup final appearance could help lure the attacking midfielder to the North East.

Scocco is almost certain to leave Brazilian club Internacional this week, and Poyet hopes to secure him either on loan or on a £6.5million permanent deal.

The former Newell’s Old Boys man would provide a huge boost to Sunderland’s attacking options as he netted 24 goals in 33 league games for the Argentinian side while on loan last season.

Goalkeeper Oscar Ustari completed his move to Sunderland on Tuesday in time to make it onto the bench for the match at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

ESPN report that the 27-year-old has arrived on a short-term deal until the end of the season after Almeria agreed to release him.

Ustari has two caps for Argentina and previously enjoyed a five-year spell at La Liga club Getafe after starting off at Argentinian giants Independiente.

His career has somewhat faltered after a promising start when he played a key role as Argentina won the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2005.

He is the second Argentine to arrive this transfer window after Santiago Vergini.

One man being linked with a move away from Sunderland is Emanuele Giaccherini, who is being targeted by Fiorentina, according to TalkSport.

The Black Cats won’t sell the Italy international in January but the Florence side are hoping to capture him in the summer.

Stoke City are eyeing up a move for Lee Cattermole, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

The 25-year-old midfield hard man could command a fee as high as £5million but Mark Hughes is keen to bring him to the Britannia Stadium.

Cattermole has made 104 appearances for Sunderland since arriving from Wigan Athletic in 2009 but is perhaps no longer as central to the club’s plans as he once was.

Crystal Palace look likely to beat Sunderland to the signing of Brighton’s Will Buckley, according to the Mirror.

Poyet was apparently interested in bringing his former player to the Stadium of Light, but he is still in with a chance of landing Buckley’s team-mate Liam Bridcutt although nothing has yet been confirmed.

The Uruguayan manager has ruled out a move for his own son Diego Poyet, currently at Charlton Athletic, according to the Sunderland Echo.

The 18-year-old made his debut for the Addicks in their FA Cup tie with Oxford United but Poyet snr said: “I’ve seen the rumour about Diego, my son. But why would I want to sign my son? He’s at Charlton, just made his debut, he’s only 18. It’s going really well for him there.”

Finally the Journal  report that Jack Colback could be tied down to a long-term deal soon and the BBC have confirmed that 21-year-old Billy Knott has moved to Port Vale on loan for the rest of the campaign.

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