Sunderland AFC latest: Alvarez transfer update, outrageous Altidore and players going out on loan

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Ricky Alvarez, Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher have been in the news today – along with some outrageous Jozy Altidore skill.

Altidore may have flopped on Wearside, but his brilliant nutmeg on Brazil’s David Luiz caused a stir on Twitter.

Altidore’s piece of skill was a rare highlight for USA as they were battered 4-1 by the Brazilians.

The main development of today, however, was the news that there may be a breakthrough in the Ricky Alvarez saga.

With neither Sunderland nor Inter Milan appearing to want him, Chris Young revealed that Argentine side San Lorenzo may sign him if FIFA agree to let him become a free agent.

Elsewhere on Twitter, Jermain Defoe posted a picture of himself shopping in Waitrose in a cheeky dig at the row which rumbled over his advert for a £60k a year personal assistant.

The 32-year-old striker was at the centre of a media storm in August when “Defoe Enterprise Ltd” advertised for a highly-experienced PA to help with the his family’s private, social and business plans.

But Defoe took to Twitter last night to show he wasn’t afraid of doing his own chores, posting a picture of himself shopping in Waitrose.

The loan window has opened for Football League clubs, and several Sunderland stars could be on the move.

We reported that the Black Cats are keen to offload some of their more high-profile fringe players, rather than farm out Under-21 stars.

And Richard Mennear has done a piece on five Sunderland players who are attracting interest from Championship, League One and League Tow clubs.

One player whose futre remains in doubt is Steven Fletcher, who has less than 12 months left on his Sunderland contract.

Fletcher was in action for Scotland the last few days, playing against both Georgia and Germany.

Scotlnad lost both games to leave their Euro 16 qualification hopes hanging in the balance, and with Fletcher failing to score, fans and media have been pushing for Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths to replace him in future games.

Assistant manager Mark McGhee has explained why the Sunderland striker has been given a starting role so far, however.

He said: “If Fletcher could get more goals that would be great for him and great for us. But I don’t think we should get hung up on that because he does make a contribution.

“He will make a huge contribution without scoring goals, so we shouldn’t get too carried away. Leigh is an option and has become more of an option this season.”