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LOAN TAR­GET: Bruno Zu­culini GUS POYET is set to res­ur­rect his in­ter­est in Manch­ester City mid­fielder Bruno Zu­culini.

Sun­der­land’s bid to land the Ar­gen­tinian youth in­ter­na­tional last sum­mer was scup­pered by Fi­nan­cial Fair Play red tape.

The 21-year-old joined Span­ish side Valencia on a sea­son-long loan im­me­di­ately af­ter sign­ing for the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons for £2mil­lion from Rac­ing Club, de­spite strong in­ter­est from the Black Cats.

Poyet was left frus­trated at new guide­lines which meant City could only loan Zu­culini abroad in the same trans­fer win­dow, de­spite be­ing happy to let him move to the Sta­dium of Light.

Zu­culini’s tem­po­rary stint with Valencia has turned sour, alert­ing Poyet to fol­low up his in­ter­est of last year.

But he faces com­pe­ti­tion from Getafe if the City star opts to leave Valencia.

Sun­der­land have one loan berth available for the sec­ond half of the cam­paign, and Poyet said: “There are a lot of new rules that’s made the whole sit­u­a­tion dif­fer­ent. NEW­CAS­TLE have failed in a loan bid for AC Mi­lan striker M’Baye Niang.

Toon hoped to land the 20-year-old un­til the end of the sea­son to boost their at­tack­ing op­tions.

But they are un­will­ing to meet the Ital­ian club’s near £1mil­lion loan fee and will look else­where un­less the Serie A gi­ants lower their ask­ing price.

Man­ager­less Toon are keen to bring in cover for nine-goal top scorer Papiss Cisse, who is on African Cup of Na­tions duty with Sene­gal.

New­cas­tle are long-term ad­mir­ers of Niang, who is keen to end an un­happy spell in Mi­lan.

The France Under-21 in­ter­na­tional has failed to im­press since mov­ing to the San Siro in 2012, scor­ing just once in 35 ap­pear­ances.

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