Sunderland Ladies miss out on deadline-day double swoop

Sunderland Ladies' Abbey Joice battles against Chelsea in last night's 5-0 defeat.

Sunderland Ladies' Abbey Joice battles against Chelsea in last night's 5-0 defeat.

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Sunderland Ladies have been dealt a hammer blow after missing out on two transfer targets.

General manager Sonia Kulkarni was hoping to complete a double swoop before today’s transfer deadline – but it didn’t happen.

The targets are understood to have been Jo Potter and Jade Moore, who had recently bought themselves out of their contracts at Birmingham City.

The two England internationals would have boosted Carlton Fairweather’s struggling squad, with the Lady Black Cats second bottom of WSL1 and in real danger of relegation. But the pair today signed for league rivals Notts County.

Sunderland have completed half their league fixtures – eight games – with just three draws to their name. And they have lost their last four with an aggregate score of 16-2, culminating in last night’s 5-0 home hammering by Chelsea.

The lack of new recruits will be a massive blow to Fairweather, who this season has lost two new signings Kylla Sjoman and Rachel Pitman to acl injuries.

Sunderland also allowed another of this year’s signings, Krystle Johnson, to leave for Everton last week – a decision that looks questionable now in the wake of the failure to bring in any new faces.

The club can now only look at the possibility of signing free agents as they battle for survival.