Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is closing in on a loan deal for Lazio and former Birmingham striker Mauro Zarate. Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic has already made the 25 year old Argentinian available for transfer and O'Neill is eyeing a loan switch with the option to turn the deal permanent for £6.7m at the end of the season.

However, Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev are also interested in the player.

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