If we have lost out on Fabio Borini, my first reaction is to wonder at all the energy devoted to getting him back. A second reaction may come later, depending on the outcome of the QPR rumour.
But we have made two acquisitions, albeit loans, at the time of writing and Salut! Sunderland extends a warm welcome to both. From safc.com here they are:
* Defender Sebastian Coates has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan from Liverpool.
The 23-year-old Uruguay international is the Black Cats’ eighth summer signing.
Coates arrived in England in 2011 from Nacional and made 24 appearances for Liverpool, before returning to Nacional on loan last season. Internationally, the defender has been capped 15 times at senior level for his country having made his debut in the 2011 Copa America, where he won the Young Player of the Tournament award. He also featured in the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
* Argentinian international Ricardo Alvarez has completed a season-long loan move to the Stadium of Light.
The 26-year-old has joined the club from Italian giants Inter Milan, for whom he has made 90 appearances, scoring 14 goals.
Alvarez is Sunderland’s ninth summer signing, joining Sebastian Coates, Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon, Santiago Vergini, Patrick van Aanholt and Will Buckley.
After putting pen to paper, the attack-minded midfielder said: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s a great opportunity, a great club and I’m looking forward to playing in England and playing my part for Sunderland.”
Alvarez began his career in his homeland with Velez Sarsfield before moving to Europe to join Serie A side Inter in 2011.
He has been capped seven times by Argentina, scoring once, and was part of the national squad which reached the final of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, appearing during the group stages.
Come here and have your say on these any any other signings made before the window closes, any late outgoings and any glaring absences.