REID TO TURN TO ARGENTINA AGAIN?
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Although Ali Benarbia, the Paris Saint Germain playmaker, is on trial at Stadium of Light, Reid is considering a number of options as he looks to increase his team's goal output from midfield, an area where Scottish international Hutchison will be sorely missed, following his move to West Ham.
"It is not easy," admitted Reid on Saturday. "But I will find someone."
Julio Arca was an outstanding success last term on Wearside, and is likely to be an even bigger influence this season, and Nicolas Medina is also awaiting his chance to impress.
Rodriguez played in the Argentinian Under-20 side which successfully lifted the Fifa World Youth Championships title, alongside Arca and Medina, and performed particularly well in tandem with the latter.
The 20-year-old bagged four goals during the tournament, including the third goal in the 3-0 victory over Ghana in the final, and planetfootball.com previously reported an interest from both Sunderland and West Ham in his talents.
It is now understood that Sunderland are willing to pay a large sum, possibly even breaking their transfer record, in a bid to win the chase for the attacking midfielder.