RECAP: Sunderland AFC news - Aston Villa defender linked, Black Cats in battle for striker, plus Grayson closes in on deals

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It's been a busy day on the Sunderland front today, with a Championship defender linked, a striker tussle hinted at and two deals very close to getting done.

We've had it all covered for you, from minute one today. Here's a recap of events...