Salut! Sunderland is delighted to note the statement from Sunderland AFC tonight confirming 1) perhaps the worst-kept secret so far of the transfer market and 2) success in one of the most encouraging of our reported attempts to bring in fresh talent.
Terms have been agreed with Keiren Westwood, the Coventry City and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, whose transfer has been reported as fact all or much of the day, everywhere from the Midlands press to Sky Sports, and with Birmingham City’s Swedish international midfielder Sebastian Larsson.
Larsson’s capture is especially welcome because there was last-minute nervousness, even in the normally restrained Sunderland Echo, about the risk of his old boss Alex McLeigh nicking him from under our noses for Aston Villa.
SAFC said: “The players will officially sign with the club on July 1st 2011.”
I suppose that leaves us wanting the days to pass quickly between now and the first of next month but the statement seems clear-cut enough a demonstration of decisions the players themselves have taken.
Salut! Sunderland extends a hearty welcome to both players. Having had our fun with a few of the dozens of names we have been linked with, we now look forward to further good news on the transfer front.