Here is today’s update regarding SAFC in the transfer market. I think they call this a slow news day.
Former Udinese and now Watford defender Gabriele Angella has been tentatively linked with a move to Wearside by Inside Futbol. The 25 year-old has had a good season with the Championship side and, according to his agent, "has the major teams' eyes on him".
I'll be honest he quotes no team directly and it almost feels like the report just reels off a random list of Premier League sides as they include West Ham, West Brom, Southampton and Arsenal as teams interested. The link itself isn't exactly something to get giddy about but also seems to be a report we should take with a pinch of salt.
No doubt Gus will be in the market for a couple of defenders, given Mobido Diakite's impending departure, Poyet's avid dislike of Valentin Roberge (if his team selections from last season are anything to go by) and Wes Brown's age. In fact, the whole defence will be revamped as right now we only have one fullback, Phil Bardsley, and that is only if he signs a new contract.
A couple of reports have also credited Sunderland with ‘casting their eyes’ over League Two outfit Exeter City's 18-year starlet Matt Grimes who was named the club's player of the year in what was his maiden full season with the first team. The Western Morning News and Daily Mail (hmm…) amongst others report our scouts were at Exeter's final game of the season away to Hartlepool United where they won 2-0.
He has signed a new contract with Exeter which would no doubt push his price up a little bit, but clearly one for the future if indeed there is any truth in the rumours.
I think we’ll stick these two on the ‘Reeto, if you say so’ pile alongside Abel Hernandez and Raul Meireles rumours.
The Sunderland news is still primarily dominated by Fabio Borini reports and they continue to conflict each other, with the general consensus being he is in Brendan Rodgers' plans but would be sold if a reasonable offer was made. I'll be honest, the chances of us shelling out such a reasonable offer (which would probably be in the region £8m - £10m, though I'm speculating) given the gaping holes in our squad seems unlikely. Thankfully, I'm usually wrong!