This week’s top 10 Sunderland stories

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THE sad news of a stab victim’s death, transfer talk from the Stadium of Light and the idiocy of a bungling burglar are among our ten most-read stories from the last seven days:

1) Man fighting for his life after Sunderland stabbing

The news broke on Tuesday that then-unnamed George Dagg was in a life-threatening condition after being found with stab wounds.

2) Sunderland boss back in hunt for Banega

Poyet is still hoping to get his man after Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega’s agent revealed the player is being chased by three Premier League clubs.

3) Sunderland AFC in world top 50 rich list

Sunderland were ranked 31st in a football rich list based on their brand worth: an estimated $93million – up $21million from last year.

4) Family pays tribute to Sunderland stabbing victim George Dagg

The family of George Dagg gave a tribute to their “lovely guy.”

5) Sunderland stabbing victim dies in hospital

Hundreds of you left tributes to Mr Dagg after police announced he had died from his injuries.

6) Driver tried to pick up young boy in Sunderland

News that a driver had tried to persuade a schoolboy into his car promoted thousands of you to spread the message after police put out an appeal. Thank you.

7) Exclusive: Big-money West Ham deal tempts Sunderland’s Colback

Jack Colback was reportedly tempted by the London’s clubs offer, but since then talk of a deal in the offing with Newcastle has been stepped up.

8) Sunderland boss keen to do business quickly

Gus Poyet is wasting no time rebuilding his Sunderland squad after pulling off the Great Escape.

9) Sunderland burglar suffered breathing difficulties – because he forgot to put a hole in his mask

This serious court story had an amusing twist: a bungling burglar forgot to cut an air hole in his mask, which he made from a pair of leggings he found.

It didn’t help that he chose to raid a shop opposite a police station.

10) Two remanded in custody after fatal stabbing in Sunderland

The first court appearance of two men charged over the stabbing of George Dagg saw them remanded in custody as they await developments.