This week’s top 10 Sunderland stories

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AS transfer news hots up, it’s no surprise most of this week’s top 10 relate to goings on at SAFC – with the Stadium of Light also grabbing headlines thanks to One Direction’s successful-yet-soggy concert.

1) Sunderland’s retained list confirmed

Sunderland fans logged on to find out the news and have their say as the Black Cats outgoing players were confirmed, the club having registered their retained list with the Premier League.

2) Sunderland target Premier League experience

Bosses at the Stadium of Light promised to target top-flight players after last summer’s unfruitful spending spree.

3) Sunderland look to swoop for Speroni

Efforts to progress the signing of ex-Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni piqued fans interest after news both Keiren Westwood and Oscar Ustari are leaving the Black Cats.

4) Sunderland sign West Brom defender Billy Jones in first deal of the summer

Many discerning fans were pleased to with news of Sunderland’s first signing of the season – though some were less excited than others.

5) Westwood follows Bardsley out of Sunderland

News that Kieron Westwood was departing the Stadium of Light came as little surprise, and the confirmation was met with a mixed reaction from fans.

6) River Plate target swoop for Sunderland’s Scocco

Argentina’s most successful side are eyeing up Nacho Scocco – but both the player and Sunderland AFC are keen to keep him on Wearside.

7) Sunderland to reject any Poyet approach from Southampton

SAFC were having none of it when Gus Poyet was listed as an early bookies favourite to take over at Southampton. He later signed a contract with Sunderland lasting until 2016.

8) Teenager had sex with 13-year-old girl at party – then posted pictures of it online

Readers were shocked by this story about a group of teenage boys who took part in sex acts with a 13-year-old, with one of them even posting pictures of it online.

9) One Direction wow Sunderland

Sunderland hosted the world’s biggest boyband on Wednesday in another coup for the Stadium of Light. The event attracted 52,000 people and was hailed as a great success for the city.

10) Poyet aims to keep Vergini at Sunderland

Sunderland are looking to sign Santiago Vergini permanently, with Gus Poyet admitting the centre-half could be key to his plans of squad rebuilding this summer