It's transfer deadline day again and Sunderland are still in the market for more players. To make things easier, below is a timeline of all developments throughout the day. Spiffy!
23:00 - The transfer window is CLOSED! - Today we brought in Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez on loan from Liverpool and Inter Milan respectively. Thye join Patrick van Aanholt, Will Buckley, Jordi Gomez, Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, Jack Rodwell and Santiago Vergini at the club.
22:20 - Hold on! Gus Poyet and Charlie Oatway have just turned up here! They left at around 7! Is there something else to happen before 11pm?
21:30 - I was obviously just being romantic. No borini. Nothing to see here.
21:00 - No sign of Borini yet at Cleadon. Half expected him to turn up in a Navy uniform a la Richard Gere.
20:30 - Hold the page! Fabio Borini's move to QPR has hit the rocks after Borini's wage demands proved too rich! Does he still want to join Sunderland!?!
19:40 - Think that might well be it for us this window. Can't see any more coming in now, none seem to be in the pipeline either.
19:15 - And now Ricky Alvarez has officially signed for Sunderland on loan from Inter.
18:50 - And now Roberge has left as well! He has went on loan to French side Reims as expected.
18:30 - Sebastian Coates has joined us on loan from Liverpool! Much needed strength in defence. Meanwhile Danny Welbeck is heading to Arsenal!
17:30 - It's 5:30 now and we have 5:30 left in the window. Fiddledy Dee! Coates apparently came out of the Academy a little while ago, suggesting he has completed all formalities, or of course the dreaded opposite.
16:30 - Getting a bit sick of Sky Sports News now, they all just keep going on about Falcao. Might just stick Netflix on.
16:00 - QPR have made a bid in excess of £10m for Fabio Borini, Liverpool have accepted said bid. This is nerve shredding. Do the right thing Fabio.
15:00 - Still waiting on the big fella anda picture of him holding a scarf, probably won't be until later tonight though. We could have had a double signing pic if Alvarez hadn't already signed!
14:30 - Sebastian Coates is reportedly at the Academy for a medical and to discuss personal terms ahead of a one year loan move.
13:30 - Modibo Diakite has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent. Oh well, another Di Canio/De Fanti success.
13:00 - I hope there's nothing in these Borini to QPR rumours. Could handle him going to Inter or somewhere else abroad but going to QPR would ruin my memories of him.
12:15 - Ricky Alvarez is off to play in a charity match in Rome but HAS signed for Sunderland, the club are just waiting on final paperwork and we are just waiting on the obligatory scarf pictures!
12:00 - With Radamel Falcao apparently moving to Man Utd, Danny Welbeck will likely be on the move, however it is reported that Welbeck is now closer to a move to Spurs! QPR have also been linked with Fabio Borini now. They're pretty much just linked with everyone we are, and often do actually sign them.
11:00 - It appears that we were more warm to a loan deal for Micah Richards but Gus instead fancies Sebastian Coates, who it is believed is on his way to Sunderland for a medical. As for Ricky Alvarez, that deal is apparently all but done and shouldn't be a problem at all, it will happen today. Toby Aldeweireld is on his way to Southampton on loan.
10:20 - A rumour of Sunderland making an offer for Man City's Micah Richards emerges, but just a few minutes later he is photographed in Fiorentina ahead of a potential move! It looks like this one is finished for us!
10:00 - Still nothing, although Carlisle have just sacked Graham Kavanagh!
9:00 - It seems as though the likeliest arrivals will be Sebastian Coates, Ricky Alvarez and possibly even Fabio Borini. Wouldn't mind another defender as well like.
In other news...
Gus Poyet is in a very positive mood after our defeat to QPR, as despite the result he was happy with our determined performance. He said: "We need to take this. We lost, but that was my team and that's the thing which makes me calm and happy. We threw everything and took risks. We went for it and put our goalkeeper in the box three or four times. On another day, you score and everybody will be happy because it was coming. But the goal changed the game. We gave QPR the chance to play the second half in a different way, which helped them to defend in the way they defended."
"I don't know whether it was over-confidence, or whether we were so happy and controlled in the game, or if it looked a bit too easy. But it's a wake-up call. There's no easy games in the Premier League, it's difficult. If you lose that control, momentum and the other team reacts, then you've got problems. The last 15 minutes of the first half made us lose the game. It was a game of two different things. One of us controlling and putting the other team on the back foot. And another one of trying to get another goal. It was an interesting game, not too many chances, but that's football. Then I took a few risks at the end because they were just defending. On another day, you come back in the game, although Harry (Redknapp, QPR boss) might not agree. It's football. The goals are really expensive and that was the one which made the difference."
Poyet has praised Cattermole again and has explained that Lee could 'be his Dennis Wise' which is apparently a good thing! He said "If I was worried about his character, I would have changed him. But I didn't. I had a chat with him at half-time and everything was all right. Everyone is different. If we were all nice, it would be boring because there'd be nothing to write about! If he gets sent off, then he's got a problem because there's players waiting to play. When you lose the position because of a mistake, you cannot go and see the manager over why you're not playing. But he knows that. Sometimes when we are not doing well, he's the one who shows a bit more frustration than the rest. But that's his character. I like his character. I don't like all very nice people. It's not my team. I like that bit of nastiest as well. He's my Dennis Wise!"
Adam Johnson also reckons our performance wasn't bad against QPR, and thinks that we gifted QPR the game: "I think we played all right. They wouldn't have scored in a million years unless we made a mistake like we did. Apart from one minute at the end of the first half we gave controlled the game. But that's football, it happens. You've just got to learn from it. We're confident in the team," said the 27-year-old. "But Saturday was a prime example of why you can't give the opposition chances. We did that and we got punished. We just couldn't quite seem to break them down but on another day we could have scored two or three. Things are definitely moving in the right direction. The way we controlled Saturday's game, the way we passed the ball, they couldn't really get it off us."
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