Sunderland reporter Chris Young reveals the latest on potential incomings and outgoings at the Stadium of Light on deadline day.
Fans were quick to fire their questions at him as the 6pm deadline approaches...
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Here are the highlights:
What do you expect to happen at Sunderland today ahead of the 6pm transfer deadline?
CY: It’s been a crazy couple of days! Anyway, Sunderland are looking for a defender on a domestic loan and that’s likely to be the extent of their incomings. The outgoings are just as important though, in whether they can shift the likes of Buckley, Bridcutt, Mavrias and Roberge
Is the left-back position the priority or is Dick Advocaat looking to improve his central defensive options too?
CY: For me, both full-back positions have to be a priority. That’s been the evident weakness in the first few games. Dick has wanted to strengthen the left side of his defence though, either with a left-back or left-sided centre-half
What are your thoughts on the signing of Fabio Borini? will he lead the line in a 4-3-3 formation?
CY: It’s going to be an interesting question over the next few weeks. For me, Borini would look ideal for one of the two wide roles in a 4-3-3. But Dick has already said that he can’t use Defoe centrally in that set-up. Borini played down the middle on a few occasions during his loan, most notably in the League Cup final. And my hunch is that’s where Dick will use him.
Jen J @JenSportGirl tweeted what about Hull are they not interested in [Steven Fletcher] after sending Jelavic on his way?
CY: Hull were definitely interested last January. Like Celtic though, would think the problem would be wages, regardless of whether Fletcher was prepared to drop into the Championship. Hull are obviously trying to cut the wage bill after relegation.
@Tommyplease tweeted: Pretty clear Defoe struggles anywhere in front 3, any chance of movement for further wide striker? Moses?
CY: Always possible, but I think the priority is to boost the defence now. Moses is heading to West Ham. Understand the reservations over Defoe, but he’s still Sunderland’s biggest goal threat
Do you expect Bridcutt and Buckley etc to leave today? Do they have any future at #Safc?
CY: They have no future at Sunderland, that’s not in question. There’s plenty of Championship interest in the pair, but the problem are their wages.
They’re not among Sunderland’s biggest earners, but their salaries of around 20k a week are still too much for most Championship clubs. Sunderland might have to stump up a percentage of their salaries
Michael Bowers asked if there was any chance that we could go back in for Sam Byram from Leeds United if any outcast is included in deal?
Cy: Not heard anything fresh over recent weeks on Byram. Not sure how much money there is left after Borini signing either. Leeds would clearly want a few quid to sell him too.