The agent of Sunderland's reported £31 million striker target Federico Santander responds to speculation

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Federico Santander

Sunderland have a habit of wasting money on unproven talent and, thankfully, it looks like they won't be splurging a monumental fee on Federico Santander.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Federico Santander

The agent of reported Sunderland target Federico Santander has admitted to the Chronicle that the club’s interest has been ‘blown out of proportion’.

The Black Cats are without a win in their first eight Premier League games under David Moyes and would be in even more of a mess if it wasn’t for the expert poaching of veteran striker Jermain Defoe (below), who has netted four of the club’s six goals so far this season.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Consequently, speculation has intensified that Sunderland were preparing to offer a staggering £31 million for FC Copenhagen forward Santander to lessen their reliance on the 34-year-old, but the Paraguayan international’s agent insists that is not necessarily the case.

“The interest and figures have been blown out of proportion,” Oskar Olsen admitted to the Chronicle. “We don’t wish to comment any further at this moment.”

Federico Santander

Moyes spent heavily after replacing Sam Allardyce at the helm this summer as he aimed to construct a squad capable of avoiding the drama of another ‘great escape’ in the latter stages of the season.

However, only the injury-prone Victor Anichebe (below) was added to a goal-shy squad that has become worryingly reliant upon the goals of Defoe since his return to English football in January last year following a stint in the MLS with Toronto.

West Brom's Victor Anichebe looks dejected after missing a chance to score

Therefore, it would certainly make sense for Sunderland to target a reliable goalscorer but Santander’s moderate tally of 14 goals in 40 appearances in the Danish Super League hardly gets the pulses racing regardless of the fee.

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