Here is today’s SAFC transfer craic!
The main story fluttering about surrounds Sunderland’s intention to seek Premier League experience in the transfer market, the polar opposite to most of last season’s activity. It comes as no surprise given how little an impact the likes of Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge, Cabral and the rest have made. We will probably see a big chunk of those signings leave after just one year on Wearside.
It should read as good news to most of us, but not news that is guaranteed success as we all know given the disastrous summer of 2011, the transfer window which would ultimately cost Steve Bruce his job and one which we might finally be able to move on from. The reports also suggest that we are unlikely to see quite as many signings, but there were 14 last season – so I suspect we will still see a few!
Emanuele Giaccherini has once again moved to reiterate his desire to stay at Sunderland next season. Despite not playing quite as much as he would have liked, he proclaims himself ‘satisfied’ with his contributions – particularly towards the end of the season – and had this to say on his future;
“Honestly, my future is still too early to think about it because I am on vacation, after two years travelling around the world I'm spending a few days at rest.
For the future, who knows, certainly my intention is to stay at Sunderland. In my club I'm fine and I'll talk with the coach when the time comes to hear his thoughts and understand my role, I have 3 year contract and I want to stay in the Premier League with this shirt.”
It is excellent news, if not new news, because Giaccherini must surely have more to offer after a season spent adapting to the league and culture he now resides. I hope he gets a bit more time on the pitch because I am pretty excited about what he can do. One of the few with genuine quality still left in the squad.
Unfortunately, the dream is all but over in seeing Alfred N’Diaye back in a Sunderland shirt as reports suggest both the player and SAFC are keen to part company this summer. I can’t bring myself to write too deeply about this because everything still feels so raw. Such a short, sweet stint. Love you Alf.
Unconfirmed reports have also come out from Turkey linking Sunderland with Fenerbache striker Moussa Sow. Another for the ‘Reeto if you Say So’ pile. Say no more.
Finally, yesterday Sunderland announced their retained list confirming the departures of Carlos Cuellar, Keiren Westwood, Andrea Dossena, Oscar Ustari, Craig Gardner, Phil Bardsley and youngsters John Egan, Louis Laing, Billy Knott, Alex Gorrin and Jordan Watson. The retain first team squad is as follows;
Vito Mannone, Jordan Pickford, Wes Brown, Diakite, Roberge, John O’Shea, El-Hadji Ba, Liam Bridcutt, Cabral, Lee Cattermole, Giaccherini, Adam Johnson, David Moberg Karlsson, Charis Mavrias, N’Diaye, Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher, Danny Graham, Nacho Scocco, Connor Wickham.
That’s just twenty players and when you consider it is likely that at least four or five of those will be leaving in the summer, it is thread bare indeed. Jack Colback and Sebastian Larsson are not included in either list because they are currently in contract talks.
Long summer ahead!