Julio Arca was Gareth Southgate's first signing when the England boss was manager at Middlesbrough.
Sunderland's first team squad landed back at Ponteland airport yesterday afternoon.
World Cup fever reaches a peak this afternoon as England take on Sweden in the Quarter-finals. Henderson and Pickford may be flying the flag for Wearside, but there's been a load of Sunderland-related stuff going on at this tournament.
You'll have to wait a couple more weeks to get your hands on Sunderland's new kit for the 2018/19 season but you'll get a glimpse next week.
Former Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has hinted he may hang up his international boots at the end of the World Cup. He's hoping that retirement won't be announced on Saturday night.
Lamine Kone, Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong have failed to make it to Sunderland's pre-season trip to Portugal. The club are said to be considering disciplinary action against the latter pair.
Papy Djilobodji still hasn't reported for duty at Sunderland for pre-season training. He's due back on Wearside on Monday. But we've found out how he's been spending his World Cup.
Lyle Taylor has set tongues wagging today by departing AFC Wimbledon and suggesting on social media that he's reached agreement with a new club. Word is, that team is not Sunderland.
Didier Ndong was on the brink of joining Torino earlier this month before the plug was pulled on the deal.
The future of Wahbi Khazri could hold the key to Sunderland future both in the short and long term.