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Scocco departs Black Cats

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Ignacio Scocco failed to make an impact. Credit: PA

Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco has completed his move back to former club Newell's Old Boys.

The 29-year-old, known as "Nacho", has returned to Argentina following a short, but disappointing spell on Wearside.

Scocco joined the club from Brazilian outfit Internacional for £3.2million in January, and is understood to have left for slightly less after failing to score in his eight appearances for the Black Cats.

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Scocco leaves Sunderland

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Scocco has left Sunderland. Credit: PA

Newell's Old Boys have confirmed the signing of Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco.

The 29-year-old, 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 Scocco made only eight appearances and failed to find the back of the net.

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Cahill considers Premier League comeback

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Interest in Cahill has grown after his goalscoring exploits at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is in line for a surprise move back to the Barclays Premier League.

Reports suggest significant interest from both QPR and Sunderland, as well as number of other top-flight clubs in the Premier League and also across Europe.

Pantilimon to battle for No.1 spot

Sunderland new boy Costel Pantilimon is gearing up for a month-long battle with Vito Mannone for a place in Gus Poyet's Barclays Premier League team.

At this moment, I think everyone is fighting for their position. There's a long period until we start the Premier League.

It's normal for everyone to work hard, train hard and after that, we'll see what happens. I think everyone wants to be in the first XI. We'll see.

Vito is a good guy and a good keeper. I know that. But whatever happens, it's important that it helps the team.

It's not just competition for us, it's everyone in the team. At this moment, no-one is in the starting XI.

– Costel Pantilimon speaking to the Sunderland Echo
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