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Striker Scocco set to leave Sunderland AFC

Scocco Credit: PA

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has admitted striker Ignacio Scocco's future is likely to lie away from the club.

Scocco, known as "Nacho", arrived on Wearside in January as Poyet invested £3.2million in his services in the search for goals to keep the Black Cats in the Barclays Premier League.

Ultimately, it was a gamble which did not pay off as the 29-year-old Argentinian made only eight appearances and failed to find the back of the net.

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Mannone agrees contract extension with Sunderland

Sunderland AFC goalkeeper Vito Mannone Credit: Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland are understood to have agreed a contract extension with goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The 26-year-old had one-year remaining on his previous deal but has reportedly signed a new two-year extension, keeping him at the Stadium of Light until 2017.

The Italian, who was voted as the club's Player of the Season last term, will compete with new signing Costel Pantilimon to be Sunderland's first-choice keeper next season.

Gus Poyet: 'England is our World Cup Final'

The Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has told ITV News that tonight's World Cup Cup match between England and Uruguay "is going to be tough", and he is certain the Luis Suaraez, the man who terrorised defences defences across the Premier League during the 2013/14 season will play.

Poyet is a former Uruguay international player and spoke in Brazil where he is providing coverage of the games for ITV Sport:


Jack Colback "should have chosen Newcastle aged 11"

A coach who has known Jack Colback since he was a child said he should have joined Newcastle United when he was given the chance aged 11.

Jack Colback played for Cramlington Juniors before joining Sunderland Credit: Cramlington Juniors FC

As a young player with Cramlington Juniors FC, Colback was part of a development programme at Newcastle, but chose Sunderland instead. Now he is moving back to Newcastle, aged 24, causing something of a row with his former club.

Michael Cairns, his coach as a child, said: "He should have signed for Newcastle when he was 11 really but as it happens it's turned out all for the best now so good luck to him."

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