Argentine striker’s father: Sunderland and Cardiff City made 'offers' for my son

Argentine striker Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Scocco is wanted by Premier League duo Sunderland and Cardiff City

Internacional striker Ignacio Scocco looks set to leave the Brazilian club with England being named the reported destination.

Despite joining the club just last July, the Argentine striker has been made available for transfer as Internacional look to rebuild their squad following a disappointing campaign – finishing just a couple of points above the relegation zone.

Scocco came through the youth ranks at famous Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys. After a few successful season in Argentina, Mexico City-based side Pumas brought the striker to Mexico for a reported fee of $3.5m

Following another fruitful stint, Scocco finally got his break in Europe after Greek side AEK Athens purchased the player in 2008 for €1.5m, offering a three-year contract worth €400,000 a year. Despite being used as a winger at times, the Sunderland and Cardiff City target was a hit, helping the club into Europe.

Scocco’s Greek adventure was over in the summer of 2011 as a money-spinning move to the UAE followed. Despite earning excellent money, citing family problems Scocco returned to South America with old club Newell’s Old Boys on loan before joining current Brazilian side Internacional.

The 28-year-old however has not settled as well in Brazil and according to Brazilian sources Sambafoot, the striker’s father Hector Scocco announced to Radio Gaucha that Sunderland and Cardiff City had bid for the striker:

“It's not that Scocco doesn't like Brazilian football, his problem is that he didn't have motivation to keep playing for Internacional, nothing else,” he told Radio Gaucha.

"The problem is with Internacional, not with the Brazilian clubs.”

"The latest news I have is what we all know, there were offers from England, from Sunderland and Cardiff City."

With Sunderland and Cardiff City in the relegation zone, both could do with some much-needed fire power up top as the two sides have only scored 38 goals combined – 25 goals shy of big-spending Manchester City.

Would Ignacio Scocco be able to find the goals to fire either side out of the relegation zone? Who knows, however If he could replicate similar standards set during his last stint in Europe, then he would definitely be worth the gamble.

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