Sunderland offered free agent Brazilian international striker as Borini alternative

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet could add to his ever-growing South American contingent after being offered the chance to sign striker Jonas.

Sunderland ended the season strongly with good results against Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, taking seven points from a possible nine in those games to haul themselves away from relegation trouble. The Black Cats have looked to build on that good form with ambitious signings this summer, with manager Gus Poyet bringing in Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, Santiago Vergini, Sebastian Coates, Patrick van Aanholt, Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Will Buckley and Ricardo Alvarez.

Uruguayan Poyet clearly intent on adding some South Americans to his side given that three of those are from the continent, and a fourth could be on the horizon after the club were offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker Jonas.

The 30-year-old has eight caps for Brazil, scoring twice in those games having impressed in his homeland with Gremio before a 2011 move to Valencia. Playing just off Roberto Soldado at the Mestalla, Jonas 51 goals in 139 games - an outstanding record which included two 19-goal seasons in La Liga.

However, the arrivals of Rodrigo Moreno and Alvaro Negredo alongside the emergence of youngster Paco Alcacer have pushed Jonas down the pecking order, which ultimately led to his release on deadline day. Now a free agent, Jonas is on the lookout for a new club, and is not expected to be available for long.

That has led to his representatives contacting Sunderland over a potential move after Liverpool striker Fabio Borini turned down a permanent switch to the Stadium of Light. Jonas is a similar kind of player and can now be had on a free transfer, and whilst he's seven years older than Borini, that isn't so important given that Connor Wickham is still only 21.

Jonas usually plays behind the striker, which is where deadline day signing Alvarez tends to play, but despite also having Jozy Altidore, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher at the club, Poyet was intent on bringing Borini back to Wearside - making a deal for Jonas possible despite the numbers in attack.

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