POYET WILL ZUC IT AND SEE AGAIN
FITTING END: Skrtel
wants to win the cup for Gerrard
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.