The Daily Mirror reports that Steve Bruce will continue his overhaul of the Sunderland squad as he looks to acquire Club Americaâ€™s Paraguayan striker Salvador Cabanas on loan, with a view to permanent move at the end of the season.
The 29-year old-currently plies his trade in Mexico and is regularly the leading scorer in their domestic competitions. Cabanas appears primed to test his mettle in the Premier League and illustrate that he can cut it in one of the best leagues in Europe.
Cabanas began his career at 12 de Octubre where his goal scoring ability leapt to the fore when, at the tender age of 18, he scored a hugely impressive 17 goals in his first season as a regular starter.
His age and form meant that his burgeoning reputation soon spread throughout South America, and it wasn’t long before he transferred to Chilean side Audax Italiano where he bagged 29 goals in 53 appearances. In his final season in Chile Cabanas swooped the award as the leagueâ€™s top scorer.
The striker’s rise continued with a move to Mexican side Jaguares, where in his second season at the club Cabanas scored an amazing 15 goals in 20 games. Overall at Jaguares he notched 59 goals in 103 games, earning him a move to Mexicoâ€™s biggest team, Club America, in 2006.
The goals have continued to flow and he has netted 64 goals in 113 games. At Club America he has been top the goal-scorer at his club and top scored in both the Mexican league and the Copa Libertadores. His form earned him the titles of Paraguayan Footballer of the Year and South American Footballer of the Year.
Furthermore, in 2007 he was the second highest goal-scorer in the world and he is the all-time top goal- scorer for a Mexican team in the Copa Libertadores.
Cabanas stands at just 5 ft 8 inches, nevertheless he is a prime goal poacher. He scores goals with either foot, a rarity for strikers today. His positional sense in the six yard box is excellent and he thrives of finding the bottom corners of the net.
He enjoys latching onto through balls supplied by his midfielders. As with all top strikers he is not scared to unleash ferocious drives with his right foot should an opportunity present itself outside the box.
He possesses excellent strength on the ball and defenders find it hard to shrug him off, which bodes well for the Premier League.
Bruce has been on Cabanas’ trail since he was boss at Wigan and leapt at the chance to take him – especially with German striker Kevin Kuranyi dragging his feet over a move to Sunderland.
The South American star has other Premier League admirers but sources in Mexico revealed that he wants to come to Sunderland and is expected to fly in this week. A deal may be sealed by the end of the week.
Video evidence of Salvador Cabanas can be seen here.