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Gus gets tough with Wickham

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has told striker Connor Wickham, whose contract expires next summer, to sign a new deal or he will be sold.

For me, Connor’s situation is clear. He needs to sign a new contract or we let him go – we sell him. There is nothing in between. He is an asset to the football club and we paid a lot of money for him.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

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Scocco departs Black Cats

Ignacio Scocco
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.

Scocco leaves Sunderland

Scocco
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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