With the Premier League season's finale not a week old in the memory, it's no wonder transfer news is slow. It will probably stay that way until after the World Cup, but nonetheless here is today's lunch time update on SAFC rumours.
Oscar Ustari is already out of contract this summer after signing just a 6 month deal at the Stadium of Light and reports in Italy suggest he is attracting interest from Lazio, as Roker Report uncovered.
The Argentine keeper had limited opportunities here with the supreme form of first choice Vito Mannone, but did look astute enough during our FA Cup campaign in which he was utilised throughout. It's always good to have a competent replacement goal keeper, so perhaps I would be a tad disappointed if we were not to seal a new deal for him. However, I'd hope that if he wasn't to stay on Wearside this would give young keeper Jordan Pickford the chance to establish himself as second choice goalie after some sterling performances on loan to Burton Albion and Carlisle United last season. Maybe this is good news in that case, if it's true of course.
A probably less concrete rumour surrounds Spurs an former England International Aaron Lennon as a number of clubs, including Sunderland, are said to be interested after reports suggest he is set to leave North London.
We all love a bit of pace but Lennon's fall from grace at Spurs and lack of any real development as a footballer has to be a big concern. You'd suspect he would demand a pretty hefty wage packet too. I think it's unlikely we would stretch our wage structure for any player this transfer window but if we were, I would be thoroughly disappointed if it was for a player like Lennon.
No doubt we are in need of a winger, but let's be honest everyone we're linked with in this position will be disappointing unless its Fabio Borini - come home Fabio.
Jozy Altidore has once more spoken defiantly about his Sunderland future and that he wants to remain on Wearside. It is no secret that the American has been a complete flop in red and white but he has the backing of Gus Poyet who has no intention of seeing him leave this summer. It is always refreshing to read about this kind of mentality but, as I'm sure we all agree, there is going to have to be an unprecedented turn around for Altidore to become the striker we though we had signed last summer.