Around a day and a half remains of the transfer window with Sunderland still desperate for new signings. Deals seem to be falling apart left right and centre - can we expect anyone to sign before the window shuts?
A trio of central midfielders once reported to be on the brink of joining Sunderland have, for one reason or another, grown increasingly unlikely to join Wearside in August. Financial goalposts have reportedly been moved for the transfers of Yann M'Vila and Vincente Iborra. With personal terms apparently not the issue, it remains to be seen if Sunderland can strike a deal with the selling clubs. There has been conflicting reports suggesting Iborra himself had rejected the transfer, who knows if that is true or if we will ever find out.
Ryan Mason had apparently agreed a move to Sunderland yesterday but the talk today is that the Spurs midfielder is instead set to opt for a transfer to Hull. It is a little frightening thing to think, with Hull having only just been promoted and, historically, have not attracted much quality through the door, that players are rejecting Sunderland in favour of such a move. The 25 year-old was available for around £8 million.
Whilst our midfield still looks difficult to work with for the coming season, the signing of Javi Manquillo and success in retaining Lamine Kone does make our first-team defensive line up pleasing on the eye. That said, any injuries and we will have the defensive struggles displayed so horribly against Middlesbrough to contend with once again.
Sunderland are expected to seal at least one deal for a goal keeper with David Moyes confirming the club have been offered several options. That goal keeper will not be Joe Hart, who is set for a loan deal to Torino, or Asmir Begovic, with Chelsea unwilling to discuss a deal.
Whilst the signing of a keeper would be welcome, alone it would be far from enough - so let's hope that there are some developments very soon in the transfer market.
If we have learned one thing this transfer window, it is that nothing is as it reads in the media. So let's take everything we read with a pinch of salt.