Fans react after Sunderland fail to sign a striker on deadline day

Sunderland fans have been quick to react after the club's attempts to land a striker on deadline day failed.

Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 5:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 5:31 pm
Sunderland manager David Moyes

The Black Cats saw a bid for Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa totalling £8million in total rejected by the Foxes, who were adamant they were not selling to a relegation rival.

Sunderland had also enquired about Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez but the Saints insist he is not for sale, although West Bromwich Albion remain keen for the £12million-rated striker.

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It leaves Sunderland again relying heavily on top goalscorer Jermain Defoe for the rest of the season.

And fans are not happy. Here's the best of the reaction from social media:

Jake Collinson tweeted "Pass the booze" while @mythicalbadlad had this to say "not surprised" on Twitter.

Meanwhile, AlanSAFC @AlanJWatson tweeted "Relegation a certainty I'd say, I fear for the atmosphere at the game tonight to be honest'"

Chris(t) @ChrisCrampsey added: "Disappointing that there was no plan B. £7.5mil there to be spent."

Nick @NicksSport tweeted: "The club are preparing for the championship" while a slightly more cheerful Carl Morris @Osk86 added "frustrating there was never a plan B or no one else available to bring in!!!Always the same with us..yet still going tonight"

Paul Bywater @bywater_paul said: "Kone will sign and that will be worse than signing no one or if defoe get injured tonight and we have 1 hour to get a forward."

Ross Robson @rossrobson fears the worst tweeting "Relegation confirmed" while Mark Carrick @Carrima said: "Grateful that we're not wasting money on a sub-standard plan B.... but surprised Ulloa was our only plan!"

And finally from Twitter: Andrew Moul @Andrew_Moul said "honestly apathetic. The club doesn't need a striker, it needs new leadership. Overhaul."

Over on our Sunderland AFC Facebook page Martin Ritson said: "Absolutely appalling. Every Sunderland supporter in the world knew that a striker was the number one priority for January.

"We wait until 48 hrs before the window closes then bugger about chasing a player who apparently isn't for sale (and who has a groin injury anyway).

"Relegation is now a formality. My fear is that this time next season we'll be battling to stay in the Championship."

Meanwhile, Paul Ritson added: "We chased a striker who's club made it quite clear they weren't going to sell to us!!

"Utter joke and now we have one striker yet again till the end of the season."