The Gossip: Poyet Targets Loan Deals

Andy Tomlinson
SB Nation

Time once again for our weekly round-up of all the transfer news and rumours.

We're into the last week before the transfer window closes and it appears as if loan spells are on the agenda for Gus Poyet but before we get to that and to news about a departure from the club, the formalities.

Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (Stade Rennais)
Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes)
Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina)
Caner Erkin (Fenerbache)
Gordan Bunoza (Wisla Krakow)
Will Buckley (Brighton)
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
Raul Meireles (Fenerbache)
Matt Grimes (Exeter)
Josh McEachran (Chelsea)
Diego Capel (Sporting Lisbon)
Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff)
Fabio Borini (Liverpool)
Martin Kelly (Liverpool
Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce)
Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)
Ever Banega (Valencia)
Jordon Mutch (Cardiff)
Daniele Dessena (Cagliari)
Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos)
Christopher Forrester (St Pats.)
Billy Jones (West Brom)
Jordi Gomez (Wigan)
Costel Pantilimon (Man City)
Michael Mancienne (Hamburg)
Kevin Chaurand (Celaya)
Luis Pedro Cavanda (Lazio)
Ashley Williams (Swansea)
Tom Ince (Blackpool)
Luca Cigarini (Atalanta)
William Vainqueur (Standard Liege)
Luciano Vietto (Racing Club)
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax)
Paulinho (Livorno)
Curtis Davies (Hull)
Ross McCormack (Leeds)
Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)
Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille)
Rene Adler (Hamburg)
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
German Lux (Deportivo La Coruna)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke)
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
Lewis Baker (Chelsea)
Victor Moses (Chelsea)
Panagiotis Kone (Bologna)
Diego Poyet (Charlton)
Enner Valencia (Pachuca)
Jose Holebas (Olympiakos)
Djamel Mesbah (Parma)
Timothee Kolodziejczak (Nice)
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
Jack Rodwell (Man City)
Nabil Bahoui (AIK)
Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce)
Troy Deeney (Watford)
Jordan McGhee (Hearts)
Jamal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest)
Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
Virgil van Dijk (Celtic)
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
Rod Fanni (Marseille)
Christian Fuchs (Schalke)
Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros)
Dorin Rotariu (Dinamo Bucharest)
Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk)
Max Clayton (Crewe)
Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton)
Charlie Austin (QPR)
Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea)
Davide Astori (Calgiari)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew)
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls)
Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea)
Raoul Cedric Loe (Osasuna)
Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid)
Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)
Leandro Rodriguez (CA River Plate)
Daniel Wass (Evian)
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea)
Jonathan Biabiany (Parma)
Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
Ikechi Anya (Watford)
Ogneyi Onazi (Lazio)
Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano)
Maxime Lestinne (Club Brugge)
Bruma (Galatasaray)
Abel Hernandez (Palermo)
Anthony Stokes (Celtic)
Paolo Guerrero (Corinthians)
Facundo Ferreyra (Shaktar Donetsk)
Christian Atsu (Chelsea)
Sam Byram (Leeds)
Michael Dawson (Tottenham)
Davide Faraoni (Udinese)
Bruno Zuculini (Man City)
Micah Richards (Man City)
Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge)
Phillipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen)
Mbark Boussoufa (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham)
Ryan Christie (Inverness CT)
Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan)
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool)
Hassan Yebda (Granada)
Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio)
Eduardo Vargas (Napoli)
Hugo Almeida (Besiktas)
Salomon Kalou (Lille)
Danny Welbeck (Man Utd)
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)

















































































































Nine new names were added to our list this week, taking the running total with one week to go to 115.

With a little over a week to go before the transfer window slams shut (© Jim White), Gus Poyet has been speaking about various transfer targets and has revealed that the club intend to raid the English Champions League clubs to use up their domestic loan quota;

Yes, I think the loans will come from those big teams.

That's not easy though.

We know a little bit with the Chelsea players who could be available.

It's not from the team who has been playing and is a strong group. It's the team that is behind - and Patrick [van Aanholt] was one of them.

We know a little bit about the Liverpool ones and the Manchester City ones as well.

But the rest are rumours. We don't know about Man United or Arsenal.

We're waiting to make sure that with the main two positions we're looking at, that we get the right opportunities for the two loans.

But Fabio is holding us up a little bit.

With Liverpool's Sebastian Coates thought to be one of those potential loan targets, the Fabio Borini saga dragging on has meant Sunderland cannot make a move for the Uruguayan central defender until they get a final answer on their pursuit of the Italian striker.

Although Poyet has admitted that the club have now moved on and started targeting alternatives to the 23-year-old, with former loan star Danny Welbeck touted as a possible signing after being made available by Louis van Gaal, our head coach clearly does not want to give Borini up without a fight;

I haven't had that information [about Welbeck], but we are always in contact with other clubs about players of quality and we are waiting.

My situation with Fabio is clear. I know Welbeck has been here before, but when you know the player, me in particular, you can have a player who may look to others a little bit better, but I will always bring the one I know.

I wouldn't have any doubts or complaints. I know Fabio and he would always be my first choice.

There have been reports that Sunderland's £14m offer for Borini is now off the table, with Sunderland only looking to sign the player on a season-long loan. As usual during this long-running saga, a conflicting report emerged (this time from the Liverpool Echo), that suggested the Anfield club are still keen to offload the player to Sunderland on a permanent basis before the transfer window closes after they moved closer to completing the signing of Mario Balotelli.

Welbeck would look to be an ideal replacement for Borini. The player is adept at playing in the same role, flourished at the Stadium of Light during a previous loan spell at the club and has been made available for transfer by van Gaal. However it's believed one of the reasons behind Welbeck seeking to leave Old Trafford is because he wants to play as an out-and-out striker, something he may not get with Sunderland with Poyet likely to use him on the left hand side of a front three. We may also face competition from the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham for his signature but reports that Manchester United will not sell to a club in the top six may boost our chances.

Another potential loan deal came and went this week, after Napoli's Eduardo Vargas was the subject of a bid from Sunderland but quickly wrapped up a move to Queens Park Rangers. Speaking after losing out on the Chilean international's signing, Poyet said if Vargas had arrived then it would have ended his pursuit of Borini;

We were very close to getting Vargas. It was a matter of decisions between everybody - clubs and cities, living and possibilities and things, and in the end, everything didn't come through for us to get the player.

That was close to us making a decision on whether Fabio was coming or not coming. It's daily. We haven't put a date on it, but it's daily and we are looking for options.

As the search goes on for a signing that would finally end of our pursuit of Borini, another possible target has popped up that would likely mean the Italian would not return to the Stadium of Light with Lille's Salomon Kalou linked with a £4m switch to Sunderland.

The Ivorian will almost certainly leave the Ligue 1 side before the end of the transfer window, with Lille looking to sign Majeed Waris of Spartak Moscow as a replacement. We would face a lot of competition for the one time Chelsea man, with the likes of West Ham, Celtic, Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Wolfsburg all linked to a player who would be a natural fit on the left hand side of our attack. The 29-year-old never really established himself as first choice at Chelsea but still scored 60 goals all competitions during his six seasons at Stamford Bridge and with Poyet and Congerton looking to add Premier League experience, Kalou could well be a shrewd purchase.

Poyet also gave an update on Leeds United's Sam Byram. The right back has been heavily linked with the club in the last few weeks and while Poyet admitted he had an interest in the 20-year-old, the potential fee is likely to scupper any deal;

He's a player we like and I've known him for a long time.

Like young English players, sometimes they are a little bit too expensive.

On the other end of the age scale, we were credited with an interest in Inter Milan's 34-year-old Argentinian international Hugo Campagnaro. The player is vastly experienced and recently appeared at the World Cup but considering he has no Premier League appearance and is a similar age to Wes Brown and John O'Shea, it seems unlikely that he will he making a move to Sunderland.

Another South American plying his trade in Serie A has been linked with the club, with Lazio's Alvaro Gonzalez said to be interesting Poyet. We have seemingly been linked with every Uruguayan under the sun this summer, with Poyet's comments about being determined to sign a compatriot giving the agents of the majority of the world's Uruguayan footballers free reign to link their client with a move to Sunderland. Unsurprisingly however, it looks as if the midfielder will be heading to London and West Ham.

Hugo Almeida was once again linked to the club. The 30-year-old has been regularly linked to Sunderland during the last few seasons and now he's a free agent it's thought our name has been mentioned as he looks for a new club but Premier League newcomers Leicester City are believed to be leading the race for the Portuguese international.

In what would have been a surprising development, former Portsmouth midfielder Hassan Yebda was said to be on the verge of completing a move to Sunderland this week. The 30-year-old had agreed to join UAE side Fujairah but French site FootMercato claimed the Algerian international was set to go back on that agreement to sign a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light. That turned out to be untrue as Yebda did in fact sign a one-year deal with the Arabian Gulf League side.

In outgoing news, Alfred N'Diaye's protracted transfer to Real Betis finally went through. The Senegal international signed a five-year deal with the Spanish second division side for a fee of around £1.3m and speaking to the official website of the Spanish club, N'Diaye said he doesn't believe they'll be in the second division for long;

Here I was happy and felt valued. I always said I would not mind playing with Betis in the second division, but I am also convinced that it will only be for a season.

Young central defender Scott Harrison has joined Hartlepool United on a month's loan. The 20-year-old had a successful loan spell with Pools in the second half of last season and Colin Cooper was delighted to see the player return;

He did smashing for us when he was here.

Scott was on my list of centre-halves and I'm pleased to have got him through the door. When Middlesbrough sold Christian to Peterborough, I was quickly on the phone to Sunderland about Scott.

He was keen to come and he came bouncing back into the club - he's as enthusiastic as ever and keen to crack on.

Scott is a good player but he needs the experience of men's football. Playing for Sunderland's Under 21 Development team is fine, but playing league football is ideal for him.

Scott adds that extra but of quality and he's bolstered our numbers because we were looking thin on the ground already.

Finally, The Mirror continued their one newspaper crusade to get Connor Wickham sold to Crystal Palace. After originally claiming Palace's failure to sign Wickham was one of the reasons behind Tony Pulis departing the club, they soon backtracked and claimed Pulis didn't want the player and his departure would lead to a renewed effort to sign the 21-year-old.

That led to one of the more brainless rumours of the transfer window so far as the Mirror claimed managerless Palace were prepared to offer cash plus Glenn 'Championship Fodder' Murray for one of the more highly rated young English strikers around. Why the Mirror believe that is fit to publish we'll probably never know but we already have one slow, useless Championship-standard striker in Danny Graham and there is no chance whatsoever we would be interested in losing Wickham just to gain another.

That's your lot for this week but stay tuned to Roker Report throughout the summer as we keep you up to date with all the transfer news and rumours. Also, feel free to keep in touch with our dedicated Transfer Centre, which you can do by CLICKING HERE.


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