TEN YEARS ON: Super Kev deal still hopeful

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Here’s a look back at what the Echo was reporting on SAFC 10 years ago on this date.

MONDAY, AUGUST 14

KEV DEAL MAY HAVE TO WAIT: Niall Quinn remains hopeful of discovering today if his bid for Kevin Phillips has been successful, despite the Midlands club announcing a £62.6m takeover.

Sunderland chairman-manager Quinn wants to bring Phillips back to the Stadium of Light in a bid to kick-start the Black Cats’ season.

Villa’s proposed takeover deal with American Randy Lerner - which ends chairman Doug Ellis’s 24-year reign - is a potential spanner in the works, but the Sunderland supremo would still like to know today whether or not his Phillips swoop has succeeeded.

GROIN-BLOW CLARKE OUT FOR A MONTH: Sunderland new boy Clive Clarke is out for at least a onth after injuring his groin in Saturday’s 3-2 home loss to Plymouth.

The 26-year-old lasted only 20 minutes of the contest before limping off during just his second Sunderland appearance after signing from West Ham last week.