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FOOTBALL fans can keep up- to-date with the latest signings online as the clock ticks down to the transfer window closing tonight.

The Echo has once again teamed up with lecturers and students at Sunderland University to provide comprehensive coverage of the sport’s most exciting day.

Sunderland themselves are lacking goals after notching only one in their opening four games of the season.

But Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has admitted he has “a couple of irons in the fire” and could yet make a signing or two before the window slams shut at 11pm tonight.

We’ll bring you the latest on those coming and also whether there be any more going from the Stadium of Light as what has been a summer of upheaval comes to an end.

The live blog is fully interactive so visitors can leave comments, pose questions and engage in banter.

Echo sports writers Graeme Anderson and Chris Young will both be in the interactive newsroom to keep fans updated throughout the day.

Graeme said: “It’s incredible how big an event transfer deadline day has become in recent years and today’s looks as though it could be a particularly interesting one.

“From a Sunderland perspective it could go right down to the wire again, just like it did when Sunderland signed Asamoah Gyan last season and David Connolly a few seasons before that.

“We know that Steve Bruce and Niall Quinn are both looking at several potential targets and we’ve mentioned them in the Echo over the last few days.

“But I’m also aware from past experience that situations on transfer deadline day change by the minute, never mind the hour, so it’s an exciting day in prospect.

“Some transfer deadline days can be anti-climaxes, but this one might just be a bit special.”

Senior journalism lecturer at Sunderland University Lee Hall said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved in the coverage, so don’t just watch what is happening.

“There are online polls and plenty of chances to leave comments and ask questions of the experts, as well as text updates and audio content.

“Of course, one of the best things about football is the banter, so it’s your chance to get involved and have your say.”

Previous transfer window coverage has seen tens of thousands of clicks on the website, so there’s no excuse not to get involved in the fun.

The Echo’s digital editor Ian Laws said: “Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough all have business to do with the deadline approaching, so it could be an eventful day and we’ll be updating the blog with all the confirmed transfers as the day goes on.

“Hopefully we’ll see plenty of deals happen and we’ll be updating right up to the 11pm deadline.”

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