As I write, with a few hours to go, the transfer window has been a damp squib for Sunderland.
Maybe we’ll get Ross McCormack from Aston Villa. Maybe we won’t. Maybe there’ll be other signings, the timing smacking of desperation, the likely cost making us look a little League Two-ish.
Papy Djilobodji is confirmed as Dijon-bound on loan. Wahbi Khazri may end up leaving, too, also for a team, Rennes, that will be scrapping in or around the French Ligue 1 relegation zone. So much the better. If Kone goes too, I’ll shed few tears.
But again as I write, I don’t know who is going, other than the fairly useless Papy, and who may be coming.
Updates: the Sunderland Echo says:
Jonny Williams: the Crystal Palace attacker looks set to move to the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan having spent time at Ipswich last season. With bags of Championship experience and a strong international career behind him, Williams could be a smart acquisition by Simon Grayson.
And a little later this …
Jonny Williams, Marc Wilson and Callum McManaman are due on Wearside for medicals this evening. Simon Grayson is set to seal the triple swoop and add some much needed depth to his squad. That is likely to be Sunderland’s business done with regards to in comings, meaning the Black Cats miss out on another striker. Tonight’s business will give the Sunderland boss greater flexibility in his squad, with McManaman addressing an obvious lack of pace in the wide areas. With Sunderland only able five loanees in any one matchday squad, it is understood that one of these deals is a permanent transfer. Wahbi Khazri’s loan move to Rennes will be confirmed before the 11pm deadline, but Lamine Kone is set to stay at the club.
Khazri has duly swanned off on loan to Rennes …
And from a friendly Baggies fan, Andy Caulton
McMannaman is a heck of a player IF his head is right…Frozen out of WBA for past couple of seasons by Pulis…Once Pulis loses faith, no return….Will be intriguing with him and Cattemole, who gets first booking each match!
Given the weight at which we seem to be punching, are we looking at comfortable midtable as the highest target? Or can a team exposed by Leeds and taken apart by Barnsley make a serious challenge higher up the table?
Monsieur Salut is off on holiday to Corsica. Just a week and there’ll be postings here while I am away – the Sheffield United Who are You? and Guess the Score should appear on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. And John McCormick has something up his sleeve, not to mention the latest magic of Pete Sixsmith and his “First Time” series.
Ha’way the Lads.