Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been told he will have to pay £6.5million to land Argentinian forward Ignacio Scocco, according to the Daily Star.
The Black Cats are looking to take the forward on loan, but his club Internacional are only willing to do business if the club can agree to a permanent deal.
Poyet faces competition for the forward’s signature from Argentinian sides River Plate and Newell’s Old Boys, although it is understood Scocco favours a move to the Premier League.
His father Hector said: “Internacional don’t want to loan Ignacio out, and the most likely outcome is that he will join Sunderland. Gus Poyet has told us he’s very interested in Ignacio joining them.”
Poyet is on the verge of completing the £500,000 signing of Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini on an 18-month deal.
However, the Sunderland boss is being left to sweat on the future of Ki Sung Yueng – after Swansea insisted they can still recall the loan star to the Liberty Stadium.
Poyet had previously expressed his relief at what he thought was the passing of the deadline for the South Korean to be recalled, but Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed he will be forced to wait a little longer.
“He’s our player and we can recall him up until January 31,” Jenkins said.