It was a famous night for National League sides Lincoln City and Sutton United, who both recorded FA Cup third round replay upsets to advance into the fourth round. Non-League Lincoln City honoured the memory of former manager Graham Taylor, who died last week, with a famous win over Championship Ipswich Town.
Sunderland manager David Moyes is frustrated by the size of the squad but would not use it as an excuse to hide behind after their early FA Cup exit at Burnley on Tuesday. The Scot's plans to reinforce the squad in January have been foiled after chief executive Martin Bain revealed the manager would have limited funds to invest in players. "I've tried not to use it in any way as an excuse but it's a fact, we're short, we're finding it a struggle, we're putting near enough the same players out." Despite the lack of funds, Moyes said Sunderland would be active in the January transfer window.
Fast forward to Monday and Craig Hope of the Daily Mail alongside James Hunter of The Chronicle announced that they understood Sunderland to have lodged a bid with Norwich for the services of Ireland’s Euro 2016 hero, Robbie Brady. Not the most thrilling of potential signings, but still a step in the right direction. The big question now on every fan’s lips is: was Ellis Short indeed listening, and how much do we have to spend? The world of transfers and potential deals is a shady sphere at best. Rumour and speculation are rife and whether Sunderland have lodged a bid or not is uncertain; however, the level of interest in the supposed offer suggests that Sunderland have expressed some form of