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West Ham appear to be winning the race to sign Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone, although the Hammers are reluctant to fork out the £15 million wanted by the Black Cats.

Slaven Bilic rates the defender at closer to £10 million and believes a deal can be done with Kone desperate to leave the Championship side. Accounts published in April reveal that Sunderland’s losses for the year ending July 31, 2016 had increased to over £33 million with chairman Ellis Short admitting "our financial performance must improve significantly". Relegation is likely to cost in the region of £65 million and Sunderland could be forced into a fire sale. West Brom are also keen on landing the 28-year-old having been priced out of a move for France international Mamadou Sakho. Tony Pulis will look to bolster his squad with Jonny Evans attracting a lot of interest. Kone was subject to an enquiry from Everton last summer, an offer which was said to be worth over £18 million.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 16 - 5:47 PM

Sunderland have been given permission to speak with Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes after a compensation package was agreed between the two clubs.

The Black Cats identified the 45-year-old as their number one target following the departure of David Moyes, who left the Stadium of Light following Sunderland’s relegation from the top-flight. But, Dave Cormack, the new major shareholder at Pittodrie, says the club will "move heaven and earth" to keep McInnes: "Derek is extremely happy here. It's not just down to money. He's a very astute individual." McInnes began his managerial career at St Johnstone, spending almost 4 years at McDiarmid Park before moving to Bristol City who were rooted to the bottom of the Championship. An eight-game unbeaten run saved club from relegation, however, the following year saw Bristol struggle once again, and after seven straight losses, he was sacked in January 2013. McInnes then joined Aberdeen, enjoying his most successful season to date in 2016/17, guiding the Dons to second place in the Scottish Premiership and reaching both domestic cup finals.
Jun 14 - 11:55 AM

The David Moyes era at Sunderland has come to an abrupt end after the manager handed in his resignation on Monday.

The Black Cats were the first team relegated from the Premier League this season and finished last on just 24 points from six wins, six draws and 26 losses. After just one year, Moyes couldn't reverse the one-and-done trend after stints at Manchester United and Real Sociedad. Said chairman Ellis Short in a statement: "Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character. In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future."
May 22 - 3:28 PM

Sunderland will have a full team's worth of players out for the season finale against league-winning Chelsea.

The Black Cats will be without 11 players for their final game in the Premier League for at least the next year, according to manager David Moyes. Victor Anichebe, Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Didier Ndong were just the latest to join a growing injury list in the last week: "Kone, Denayer, Papi, Kirchhoff, Honeyman, Khazri, Ndong, Pienaar, McNair, Watmore and Anichebe [are out], so I think it’s about 11 that won’t feature due to injury. We’ll have to try and put a bit of a patched-up team out to make sure we get a positive performance, like it was against Arsenal for lots of reasons. We didn’t get the result but we were obviously playing a team who are at a higher level than us."
May 20 - 7:18 PM

Sunderland is back to its losing ways following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City at the Stadium of Light.

In what was the Black Cats' final Premier League home game for at least the next year, they came up flat after doing Swansea City a massive favor last week with a 2-0 win against 18th-place Hull City. But Sunderland fell behind early to a Fernando Llorente goal, before giving up a second goal just before the break. The home side was unlucky not to get a penalty after Gylfi Sigurdsson handled a free-kick inside the penalty area in the second half. Meanwhile, Wahbu Khazri was involved in an incident towards the end of the match when he appeared to stamp at his opponent, but was only handed a yellow card.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:14 PM

George Honeyman will miss today’s game against Swansea at the Stadium of Light after suffering a freak training ground injury.

The 22-year-old was excellent in the Black Cats 2-0 win over Hull last weekend and Honeyman was set for another Premier League start, one which would automatically trigger a contract extension. However, David Moyes revealed during Fridays pre-match media briefing that Honeyman would not be available: "George has got a back injury. He picked it up in training when Lamine Kone fell on top of him." The full extent of the problem is not currently known, but it is believed that Honeyman could yet make the trip to Arsenal on Tuesday. Lee Cattermole and Darron Gibson are favourites to replace the young midfielder following their recovery from Achilles and groin injuries respectively.
May 13 - 7:43 AM

David Moyes was forced into four changes, from the side which narrowly lost out at the Riverside Stadium, for the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday.

Moyes revealed on Friday afternoon that several key first-team players were struggling to recover in time for their must win game against the Cherries. Darron Gibson and Jack Rodwell [both groin], Lee Cattermole [Achilles], Jason Denayer [dead leg] and Billy Jones were all unavailable for the Black Cats boss after picking up knocks in the Tees/Wear derby. "We played Wednesday night and it’s quite a quick turnaround. We’ve not had loads of them this season so we can’t complain about that but we’ve got four injuries," he said. In their absence, Moyes turned to Steven Pienaar, who makes his first Premier League of 2017, with out-of-favour centre-back Lamine Kone and full-back Donald Love returning to the side. Fabio Borini was also back to add some attacking threat - Sunderland have scored just twice in the last eight Premier League games.
Apr 29 - 11:13 AM

Sitting in 20th place, Sunderland looked doomed for relegation already, but a growing list of weekend doubts won't help its morale.

Manager David Moyes confirmed that midfielders Lee Cattermole and Darron Gibson and defender Jason Denayer, all starters last week, are doubts to face Bournemouth due to minor injuries. The club is already missing Jan Kirchhoff, Bryan Oviedo, Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore and will wait on the fitness of Jack Rodwell as well, while Sebastian Larsson serves the final game of his suspension. Said Moyes: We did [have a couple patched up for Middlesbrough] and we’ve got another couple ahead of tomorrow We will need to wait on them and it probably won’t be until tomorrow [Saturday] until we can make a decision."
Apr 28 - 12:09 PM

Sunderland was dealt quite the scare after Billy Jones was momentarily unresponsive after suffering a concussion on Saturday.

The right-back had to be taken off on a stretcher with his neck braced after a bad fall, which led to 10 minutes of extra time where Fabio Borini was able to strike the equalizer. "At first, from the dugout, we thought it might be his shoulder, but it was his head and it was concussion," said manager David Moyes. "I think he passed out briefly so he’s gone to hospital to be checked out. He was a bit dazed, and when they asked him a few questions he didn’t answer them quite right, they tell me. But we think he is OK." Jones has since been release from the hospital and is expected to be available for the club's next match, which comes in 10 days to put him clear of the FA's six-day concussion protocol.
Apr 16 - 12:11 PM

David Moyes confirms Billy Jones was taken to hospital as a precaution after he was stretchered off at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The full-back fell awkwardly while running with the ball, and following lengthy treatment, Jones was carried from the pitch and taken immediately for further tests. Fortunately, initial reports suggest his injury is not too serious and Jones could be available for the Tees/Wear derby in game week thirty-four: "The medical team tell me his head hit the ground and he lost consciousness, a bit of concussion," said Moyes following the 2-2 draw with West Ham. "We've sent him to hospital, but I'm sure he'll be OK." Football Association guidelines stipulate that a player cannot return to competitive action for at least six clear days, but assuming Jones is given the all-clear by a doctor to resume light activities, he will be ready to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium next weekend.
Source: Eurosport
Apr 15 - 3:19 PM

Even if it's a very steep, uphill battle, Sunderland earned a critical point in the relegation race in a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Sunderland showed uncharacteristic resilience after falling behind twice, starting just five minutes into the match after Andre Ayew opened the scoring early. But in even bigger news, the Black Cats scored their first goal in eight Premier League matches, a streak that ran for 701 minutes before Wahbi Khazri's shocking tally in the 26th minute. The Tunisian international sent a corner into the box that bounced all the way to the far post untouched, hitting the base of the post before spilling into the goal. And then Fabio Borini made himself a hero in the 90th with his goal. Borini only came on as a late injury replacement for Billy Jones, who was stretchered off following a six minute delay that led to 10 minutes of stoppage time. But Borini was gifted a poor clearance by Darren Randolph and turned in the effort for a critical point that brings Sunderland to nine points back of 17th-place Hull City.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 12:17 PM

After two-and-a-half months on the training table, Victor Anichebe has returned just in time for Sunderland.

The former West Brom forward was a staple of David Moyes' plans early in the season before suffering a knee injury towards the end of January. Since, the scoring responsibility has been placed solely on Jermain Defoe; and it comes as no coincidence that as Defoe hasn't scored in the last seven games, neither has the Black Cats. But Anichebe will surely take some of the pressure off Defoe after receiving his first start since January this weekend against Manchester United. But Moyes said he will look to ease in Anichebe after such a lengthy layoff: "The big thing is to get Victor up and running to a level of fitness where he can help us and make a difference. We’re now in a position where we’re having to take as many risks as we can – do I think he can play 90 minutes, no – but I think he can play part of the game."
Apr 10 - 4:19 PM

The news just keeps getting worse for David Moyes and Sunderland during the club's seven-match winless streak.

Despite being boosted by the returns of Lee Cattermole and Victor Anichebe from long injury layoffs, Moyes confirmed that midfielders Steven Pienaar and Jan Kirchhoff will not be available for the remainder of the season due to injury. The midfield duo will join Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair as part of a core group of Black Cats ruled out for the season. Said Moyes: "There’s no more good news as far as players coming back from any injuries, and I think the other ones are now players who are probably out for the season."
Apr 10 - 4:14 PM

Sunderland need nothing short of a miracle to remain in the top-flight following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat by Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.

Following United's opening goal on 30 minutes by Zlatan Ibrahimović, a difficult afternoon was made even more problematic after an injury to left-back Bryan Oviedo and the sending-off of Seb Larsson, both before the break. The January signing from Everton pulled up immediately following a clearance, signalling to the bench that his hamstring had gone. Although the Black Cats should have a better idea of its severity over the next 24-48 hours, an initial timeline of around three weeks has been placed on the defender. Fortunately, John O’Shea should return next weekend following the death of his father and David Moyes could revert to a back three with Jason Denayer and Lamine Kone. The Sunderland boss will also review video footage of Larsson’s tackle on Ander Herrera, which resulted in a red card, before deciding whether to appeal his dismissal.
Apr 9 - 2:51 PM

Sunderland continue to fester in the relegation zone as they gave Manchester United little to worry about in a 0-3 loss.

Sunderland have made it a bit of a trademark when it comes to late season surges that see them stave off relegation but looking at today's performance, the shape of the table and the games remaining, they are at least one foot into the Championship at this point. United were in control with possession and pressure in the final third, finally opening the scoring on the half hour mark. Just before the break, Seb Larsson saw a straight red for a high boot challenge on Ander Herrera and the blow of going down to ten men was felt immediately, with United scoring again moments later. Jermain Defoe was invisible in the first half and the couple of attempts he took in the second half offered little threat. Larsson will miss the next three games, barring an appeal, but there is little chance of that happening.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 9 - 10:34 AM


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