Sunderland are unlikely to complete much business before the transfer window shuts, and Lee Cattermole is likely to back in the squad for Saturday's game against Luton. Things can change quickly today of days of course, but that's the situation as we understand it with just a few hours left until today's 5pm deadline.
It appears that any last minute trading has been dependent on shifting one of the remaining four players on sizeable wages at the Stadium of Light. With no deal likely for either Didier Ndong, Papy Djilobodji, Bryan Oviedo or Lee Cattermole, Black Cats boss Jack Ross and recruitment chief Tony Coton have their hands tied somewhat.
With European transfer windows not closing until later in August, suitors for Ndong, Djilobodji and Oviedo are unlikely to make any move until later in the month.
As for Cattermole, with summer signing Dylan McGeouch still injured and soon to be ruled out of the weekend trip to Kenilworth Road, the Black Cats may conclude that letting Catts depart without a replacement would be too risky at this stage. That doesn't mean the 30-year-old won't leave on loan before the end of the month, but a deal today appears unlikely.
McGeouch has been unlucky with injuries in recent years though they appeared to be behind him last season. The 25-year-old started 28 games for Hibs in 2017/18, the most appearances he's managed in a season. Previous years have been blighted by a recurring hamstring injury and muscular problems.
Most observers had concluded that Sunderland probably needed to bring in a physical presence in midfield and perhaps a striker before the transfer window closes. The lack of movement in and out of the Stadium of Light is likely to mean those berths will need to be filled with a couple of loan deals.
Cattermole was omitted from the squad which opened the campaign against Charlton last Saturday. There had been talk of the Sunderland stalwart discussing a loan move to Hull City but whether the Tigers are serious in their interest remains to be seen.
It now appears likely that Catts will be called upon - as he so often has been in his red-and-white career - to shore up the midfield in the absence of a replacement.