I did not read a single report, rumour or tentative link between Sunderland and new signing Papy Djilobodji before the official announcement on safc.com. It is yet more proof that we should take the vast majority of stories we read with a pinch of salt. Whatever is really happening behind closed doors at the Academy of Light only a select few know.
That said, signings from beyond the Premier League tend to be leaked somewhere down the line. L'Equipe, ever the reliable source of French-related transfer craic, have suggested that Sunderland have agreed a deal to take Yann M'Vila back to where he belongs with last year's loanee set to sign a four year deal. It would be very welcome news to a team that really did play John O'Shea as the holding midfielder against European giants Dortmund.
One player who will not be joining Sunderland, as confirmed by Paul Bracewell during the post-match presser after yesterday's 1-1 draw, is trialist Charles N'Zogbia. After spending his whole career being linked with a move to Wearside, he failed to impress new boss David Moyes and has left the club. Steven Pienaar remains on trail though his chances of a permanent deal will probably depend on Sunderland's success elsewhere in the transfer market.
Meanwhile, Lamine Kone remains heavily linked with a move to Everton. The Blues are apparently readying a £17 million bid, a fee which seems to change each day despite that no official bid has been lodged. Despite the arrival of Djilobodji, it would be quite ridiculous for us to let our best defender leave.