Someone – Birflatt Boy – took us to task the other day for commenting on the Asamoah Gyan tranfer gossip in the Mirror, overlooking the fact that the reason for doing so was to put Alan Nixon, the author of the speculation, on the spot.
Nixon is now firmly on that spot. We shall see how the close season develops and remind him, if we can, of what he so confidently wrote (while also being ready to acknowledge the quality of his sources if he turns out to be right).
This is the interesting part of a safc.com interview with Steve Bruce since it also touches on transfer talk:
Sunderland are yet to announce any deals, barring the formal completion of a permanent move for Ahmed Elmohamady after taking up an option in the player’s contract several months ago.
Bruce is aware of considerable speculation linking the club to a whole host of talent and admits he’s in thick of negotiations with a number of players and their representatives.
But he won’t be rushed and insists potential moves will stay under wraps until the time is right.
He explained: “We’ve been planning and preparing for months, but the early part of pre-season is when people tend to be on holiday which slows things down.
“Myself, Niall and Steve [Walton, chief executive] have been exploring every single avenue and we’re getting towards putting deals in place.
“I know it’s frustrating for the supporters who have to wait for news, but we like to keep our powder dry and as soon as it’s done, you’ll hear about it.
“Rumours fly everywhere and we’ve already been linked with something like 50 players.
“But we’ll go about our business as normal. The clear objective is to construct a squad which can build on what we’ve already achieved. I’m confident we can do that.”
He added: “I just can’t wait to get going now. The lads will be back for pre-season training and I’m sure a few new faces will be joining them.
“We’ve got ideal preparations in terms of pre-season as we’ll be visiting an excellent facility in Germany as well as playing some decent games out there.
“We have to make sure we’re ready to go from the season’s first whistle because there’s no messing about – we’re straight into the big games with a vengeance.”
I pass it on witbout comment beyond saying that while frustration is understandable, mid-to-late Jiune is no time for worrying that no one has yet been bought.