Argentine defender Santiago Vergini looks set to become Gus Poyet’s second signing of the transfer window, a player he had been scouting for a sometime including whilst managing Brighton. Few will have heard a great deal about the 25 year-old, so we dug up one or two facts as well as asking a man who most certainly does know all about him.
It took a little digging – but let me tell you just who our new Swedish wonder kid is. David Moberg Karlsson (who will be affectionately referred to as ‘DMK’ hereafter) signs a four year contract for a fee reported to be around £1.6 million from Swedish Allsvenskan giants IFK Göteborg. Despite looking like he would struggle to buy a lottery ticket, he is 19 and comes to Wearside with heavy expectations from his home country.
Right. Firstly, sorry about the title - one of them 'couldn't help myself' moments! The much-travelled 26 year-old Frenchman’s free transfer to Sunderland had long been agreed, with confirmation on 01.07.2013 that he signs a three-year contract. Valentin Roberge was born in Montreuil, which is a suburban area in Paris. As you would expect, he spent his youth career in his hometown which ended with Paris FC before moving to Guingamp.
Cabral, or to give him his Sunday name, Adilson Taveres Varela, is not someone most Sunderland fans would have known a lot about before his bosman move to Wearside this summer. A little internet browsing will tell you he was born in Cape Verde but represented Switzerland at U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels before declaring himself for the country of his birth at senior international level. He is yet to obtain his first full international cap.
Sunderland’s latest Italian is the erstwhile Arsenal third-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Arriving after a stand-out season from the Liverpool-bound Simon Mignolet, replacing the Belgian will be no easy task. Mannone’s arrival was greeted with a fair bit of hesitancy from the Sunderland faithful. A goalkeeper with a chequered reputation and somewhat down the pecking order at a club which hasn’t been known for its goalkeeping consistency...
Over the years, Sunderland have seen the good, the bad and the ugly side of central defenders over the years, with Steve Bould and Charlie Hurley the only two that played magnificently during their time here. It was a very disappointing season, one where defensively we were fragile and bare in numbers, but since the turn of the summer Paolo Di Canio has already began his quest to bulk up the squad.
It’s been 12 years since Claudio Reyna played for Sunderland AFC and he was the last American to play first team football for the club. There was Stuart Holden, but let’s not get in to that. After weeks of speculation and a lot of waiting, the Black Cats announced that USA International Jozy Altidore had signed a four-year contract and flew straight to join the rest of the squad in Italy.
Another addition to the Italian invasion is the 28 year old midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, who arrives at Sunderland from Italian giants Juventus. Coming from the back of an impressive showing at this summer’s Confederations Cup, the signing of a pint-sized, technically gifted Italian international has excited most sections of the Sunderland faithful...
Sunderland's elusive search for full backs has been as extensive as it has been wide. It has stretched across Europe to South and Central America and back. At times, it has seemed more like a game of chess with so many rumours advanced yet regularly falling over or being chopped down like pawns without commanding any forethought.
Not going to apologise for the headline...regardless of the fact that I should...Perhaps this signing is a little bit odd, given the need for a left back and a creative midfielder - as well as the lack of remaining transfer clout for Sunderland. To be fair though, this transfer has been in the pipeline for a long time and the money spent here is likely to have been accounted for well over a month ago.