Striker Injury to Spark Sunderland's Search for Free Transfer as Goalkeeper Deal Lives On

Things go from bad to worse on the striking front for Sunderland as Fabio Borini joins the injury list, being ruled out for around three months due to a thigh ligament tear. The news prompted a frantic search for striker on deadline day only for all enquiries to fall on deaf ears.

by GMac88 Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:17 AM Comments
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Things go from bad to worse on the striking front for Sunderland as Fabio Borini joins the injury list, being ruled out for around three months due to a thigh ligament tear. The news prompted a frantic search for striker on deadline day only for all enquiries to get us nowhere.
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Sunderland haven't given the ghost up just yet with a number of free agents available. David Moyes is keen to run the rule over the options which could mean a potential return for Nicklas Bendtner who is currently without a club. We'll probably end up with Victor Anichebe if anyone, let's be honest.

The problem with looking into the free transfer market is not only the limited options available, but the fitness of those players available. A player without a club all summer is unlikely to have had the intense pre-season or training regime the rest of the squad has had - meaning it could take many weeks to get the player up to the required level.

Then there would be the deterrent of seeking more costly, long-term solutions in January. It's all a bit of a mess quite frankly. When you consider Moyes enjoys playing two front men, or at least one slightly behind the other, it is ridiculous we have left ourselves in such a vulnerable position.

More encouragingly the failed transfer of Boavista goalkeeper Mika is not completely dead. The club have confirmed that issues on at the Portugese side's end caused a delay and have lodged an appeal to get the transfer done. Whether or not this means the 25 year-old will become a Sunderland player remains to be seen. The desperate search for a goalkeeper yesterday, with no less than six names mentioned to have had approaches from Sunderland, ended with the Portugese stopper so I think it is safe to say he wasn't our first choice. Let's hope that is no reflection on the lad's ability.

Finally, Moyes has also confirmed Yann M'Vila has agreed a pre-contract to sign in Yannuary. Rubin Kazan proved an impossible nut to crack during the summer, being unwilling to compromise on a demand for €10 million euros to let the deal go through this month. It's the saga of all sagas that will hopefully have a happy ending in four months. I'm emotionally worn out.
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