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Sunderland have bid for their third new defender in a week, offering £5 million for Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Nicolas Lombaerts…

Another day, another defender. It is clear where manager Dick Advocaat thinks improvements are required at Sunderland ahead of the new season. After this week securing centre-back Sebastian Coates on a permanent deal from Liverpool, then signing right-back Adam Matthews from Celtic – the Sunderland manager is now looking to add 30-year-old centre-back Nicholas Lombaerts from Zenit St Petersburg. Advocaat knows the Belgian well from his time as the national team coach and Zenit, where he previously signed Lombaerts in 2007. The Russian club value the defender at £10 million and have so far resisted enquiries from Everton among others. Sunderland have tabled an opening bid of half that figure hoping that Advocaat’s previous associations will prove influential.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 3 - 4:46 AM

Sunderland have reportedly agreed a fee of £2 million for Celtic right-back Adam Matthews, just a day after signing central defender Sebastian Coates on a permanent deal…

Dick Advocaat is on the verge of making his second signing in a little over 24 hours, with Sunderland agreeing a fee for Celtic right-back Adam Matthews. It looked like the proposed transfer had fallen through after an initial £1.5 million bid was turned down earlier in the week. But Celtic’s signing of Manchester United right-back Saidy Janko and an improved offer – thought to be closer to £2 million – was enough to resurrect the deal. Welsh international Matthews made over 100 appearances for Celtic after being released by Cardiff in 2011. The 23-year-old will compete with Billy Jones for the slot alongside fellow new boy Sebastian Coates.
Jul 2 - 4:21 PM

Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon posts some surprisingly good stats despite Sunderland’s dire season…

Another day, another player that north-east rivals Sunderland and Newcastle ‘do battle’ over. The latest is Chelsea’s Marco van Ginkel. The Dutch International – one of a sizeable migration mooted to be flocking towards the Stadium of Light this summer – spent last season on loan at AC Milan and is similarly available again. One battle that has already been won is in goal. Despite both clubs suffering dire seasons, the records of their respective Goalkeepers could scarcely be more different. Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon’s 11 clean sheets from 28 matches (39%) was only bettered by two in the PL – Arsenal’s David Ospina (another surprise) and Southampton’s Fraser Forster (both 44%). While Newcastle’s Tim Krul came in at the opposite end of the spectrum, returning the PL’s worst goals conceded figures (1.56 per match). With improvement expected, Pantilimon is a Goalkeeper for Fantasy Managers to file under ‘value’.
Source: Rotoworld
Jul 2 - 5:11 AM

Sunderland have confirmed the signing of Sebastian Coates from Liverpool on a four-year deal…

The 24-year-old centre back spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, making 13 appearances. That might not seem many but it is only four fewer than he made in his previous four years at Liverpool. The fee is thought to be in the region of £2 million. Coates will return for pre-season training late, after spending his summer playing Copa America. Born in Montevideo, Coates has 17 caps for Uruguay but has a Scottish father and surname. Although British commentators insist on pronouncing his name a South American sounding, ‘Ko-wah-tez’. His dad calls himself Peter Coates, as in ‘rain-coats’. It’s Sunderland’s first bit of business of the summer but unlikely to be the last, with Dutch Internationals Virgil van Dijk, Jeremain Lens and Leroy Fer all reported to be targets.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Jul 1 - 4:37 PM

Sunderland are reportedly close to closing a £2 million deal to turn Sebastian Coates' loan move from Liverpool into a permanent one.

The Black Cats are going need a lot of improving if they are going to avoid a third consecutive scrape with the relegation zone. Sebastian Coates started nine matches and appeared in another as a substitute for Sunderland last season while on loan at the Stadium of Light. At 24-years-old, there is certainly still potential for growth but it's hard to imagine that Dick Advocaat is doing anything more than adding depth and maybe a little potential with this move. Probably best to ignore Coates for fantasy purposes until he forces you to do otherwise.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 29 - 11:42 AM

Sunderland have tabled a bid of £8 million for Dynamo Kiev striker Jeremain Lens…

Boss Dick Advocaat is desperate to boost his attack after a dire season in the PL. Only relegated Burnley scored fewer goals last season, with Sunderland failing to score in a staggering 17 of their 38 matches (45%). Jermain Defoe arrived in January with only partial success – his wonder goals v rivals Newcastle will be seen as a pivotal moment in their survival, but was one of only four from his 17 matches. Likewise, neither Darren Fletcher, Danny Graham nor Conor Wickham has ever looked capable of scoring regularly in the PL. Advocaat knows his country man Lens from their days at PSV Eindhoven – where he hit 34 goals in 96 appearances, before joining Dynamo Kiev where he has enjoyed league and cup success in the last two seasons. The Black Cats will need more than Lens to compete next season but the Dutch International will be a good start.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 27 - 8:16 AM

Sunderland are preparing to smash their transfer record with a £15 million bid for Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum…

Dick Advocaat has a reported £50 million to spend this summer and is happy to commit around £15m of it to securing PSV Eindhoven’s Wijnaldum. The Sunderland boss is looking to lighten the load on striker Jermain Defoe by adding goals to his team and also flair to his midfield and the Dutch number 10 ticks both boxes. He is a full international with 19 caps and had an outstanding season in the Eredivisie - voted Player of the Year (ahead of Manchester United’s new £31 million signing Memphis Depay). Wijnaldum is also on the radar of number of other PL clubs including local rivals Newcastle – and was even rumored to be following Depay to Old Trafford. But Sunderland and hoping that the link-up with his countryman Advocaat will tip the balance in their favor.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 23 - 5:46 AM

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher’s salary demands are casting doubt over his proposed move to Celtic…

With Fletcher in the final year of his contract, Sunderland are thought to be keen to move him on this summer rather than lose him on a free next year. A fee in the region of £4 million is thought to be required for the misfiring striker, who cost three times that in 2012 but has never recovered the momentum of his five goals in his first four matches. He went to score 11 that season, but just three the following year and five last time out. Celtic have always looked the most likely suitors with a deal including the Dutch defender – and long-time Sunderland target – Virgil van Dijk preferable. But Fletcher’s £50k a week salary is around double what the Scottish Champions are willing (or able) to pay.
Jun 19 - 5:29 AM

Sunderland fans take to Twitter to voice their concern over extending Wes Brown’s contract for another year.

It’s been a summer of turnarounds at the Stadium of Light. First manager Dick Advocaat announced he was leaving, only to change his mind within days. Now it emerges that centre-back Wes Brown is to be offered a 12-month extension to his contract a day after being named on the official ‘released’ list. The former Manchester United man, who will turn 37 in October, started just 23 matches this season – collecting eight clean sheets – missing much of the last two months with a knee injury. Reports of his pending retirement last month and his appearance on the release list yesterday barely registered a flicker on social media. But Twitter has exploded with universal dismay among fans at the prospect of another season with Brown at the heart of the Sunderland defence.
Jun 11 - 1:49 AM

John O’Shea will be assessed after the Republic of Ireland defender limped off during Sundays’ friendly bore-draw with England.

O’Shea was replaced on 71 minutes because of tight calf muscles and manager Martin O’Neill confirmed the centre-back will undergo intensive treatment in the hope of being fit for next weekends’ crucial Euro qualifying match against Scotland. If O’Shea was to miss out then the recently released Paul McShane [Hull] would come into the reckoning along with Stephen Ward who is approaching full fitness following a lengthy ankle injury. Jon Walters was also seen struggling towards the end of the match but Martin O’Neill revealed the Stoke player was not suffering from an injury and fatigue was cited with no cause for concern.
Source: Setanta
Jun 8 - 2:17 AM

Inter Milan claim that Sunderland owe them £7.5 million for crocked Ricky Alvarez.

The Italian giants and parent club of Argentine winger Alvarez, claim that by avoiding relegation Sunderland now must make the loan move permanent – and stump up a cool £7.5 million. Sporting Director Piero Ausilio has no doubts of the situation: ‘Sunderland stayed up, that was the only condition. He is absolutely a Sunderland player.’ Sunderland are yet to comment, but will less than thrilled as Alvarez has managed just five appearance so far and facing surgery on a troublesome knee. FIFA could now be called in to adjudicate in the matter – assuming there are enough people left at FIFA HQ to form a panel…
Jun 7 - 6:39 AM

Dick Advocaat has reversed course and decided to stick around at the Stadium of Light for the 2015-16 season after previously indicating that he wasn't interested in managing any longer at the club level.

Apparently, when faced with the prospect of having her husband knocking around the house all day, every day, Mrs. Advocaat decided that maybe another year as the wife of a manager wasn't such a bad thing. Whatever the real reason, Dick Advocaat has changed his mind and has agreed to manage Sunderland for the upcoming season. Things improved slightly for the Black Cats after his arrival and he helped them to survival but we've seen this story before and Advocaat will have to do a much better job than his predecessors, Gus Poyet and Paolo Di Canio, who also boasted dramatic relegation battle wins before flaming out within a year.
Jun 4 - 10:50 AM

Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon will miss the upcoming Euro qualifier against Northern Ireland after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Pantilimon was superb during the goalless draw at the Emirates in GW37 securing a point which guaranteed Sunderlands' top flight status for another season but the performance came at a cost as the Black Cats number one picked up an injury which has ruled him out of the final game at Stamford Bridge. Although the problem is not thought to be serious the Romanian national side will take no risks with the game only 10 days away. Pantilimon won a regular spot in the Sunderland line-up back in November after taking over from Vito Mannone and the stopper was one of the stand-out performers during his 28 BPL starts.
Jun 3 - 4:01 AM

Liam Bridcutt has failed to recover from injury in time to face champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the final day of the 2014/15 British Premier League season.

Bridcutt returned to the starting line-up against Leicester last weekend replacing the injured Jordi Gomez [fractured patella] but the winger was replaced on the hour mark after taking a knock to the knee. It was hoped that Bridcutt could play a part on Sunday but having secured their top-flight status at the Emirates midweek Dick Advocaat will take no risks and Adam Johnson looks set to retain his place. Lee Cattermole could also miss out – the midfielder has accumulated 14 yellow cards this season [joint BPL high] and one more caution would see a suspension carried over to the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign. Duncan Watmore is on standby should Danny Graham fail to recover from an ankle injury.
May 24 - 8:05 AM

Wes Brown will miss the last match of the season due to a knee injury.

The 35-year old has played 25 matches for Sunderland this year but will be missing in week 38 due to a knee injury. No Sunderland players are really worth owning in regular formats this week since they face a tough match against Chelsea.
May 23 - 3:15 PM



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