Here is today’s SAFC transfer gossip.
Gus Poyet was initially the early bookies favourite to replace Mauricio Pochettino who looks set to take over the reigns as Tottenham boss. The odds have drifted now after it came to light this morning that, predictably, Sunderland will see off any approach for the Uruguayan.
There was always going to be interest in Gus but to hear of SAFC moving quickly to dispel the possibility of him leaving is extremely encouraging for us and Poyet himself. As we all know, Gus is looking for more control and could be willing to leave if compromises are not made by the board in relation to transfers and backroom staff. Its further evidence that it’s likely Poyet will get his way which is great news.
Our hunt for a goalkeeper following Oscar Ustari’s departure spanned further than yesterday’s links with Julian Speroni as free agent and former Manchester City giant goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is reportedly Poyet’s top choice.
If there is truth in this it must concern Vito Mannone, as it is unlikely Pantilimon would come to Wearside without first team assurances. After leaving the Etihad without the offer of a new contract, he is now reportedly in search of first team football. He is certainly a better option than Speroni, at just 27 he has plenty of time on his hands. Healthy competition can’t be a bad thing, but the Don has to remain number one after playing such an integral role in our survival and cup run.
Sebastian Larsson has spoken about the possibility of staying on Wearside, stating the door is open providing his needs are met. Clearly the interest being shown in the Swede has put him in quite a healthy bargaining position regarding his contract, but given our historical contract negotiations there is no way he would be holding us at ransom for a huge pay rise.
“I’ve never closed the door. It depends on what the conversations provide, what the club want and I want,”
“We’ve had a turbulent two years, but purely socially and in terms of football it has been a good place to be even though it’s been up and down. But that does not mean I have signed for them.”
I’ve always advocated keeping Seb and will continue to do so but it’s becoming increasingly clear that his wage is probably the biggest stumbling block. Rivals may well outbid us in that sense and lure him away from the Stadium of Light.
Final piece of news is yet more rumours surrounding Nacho Scocco and a move back to his home country, this time to River Plate. Not much to say on this really as we already know Poyet wants to see Scocco in pre-season and monitor his development, whilst the player is also thought to be keen on trying to make it in the Premier League. Jury is still out so I’m also keen to see if he can improve to the same degree as his compatriot Santiago Vergini.