Sunderland’s Cabral set for delayed exit

Sunderland's Cabral.
Sunderland's Cabral.
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CABRAL hopes to leave Sunderland when the emergency loan window opens next week – after the midfielder was not among the departures from the Stadium of Light on transfer deadline day.

Defensive pair Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite both left Sunderland yesterday, as the Black Cats offloaded two of the three Bosmans who arrived on Wearside last summer.

But the third member of that trio, Cabral, was left behind at Sunderland after no serious interest emerged to sign the former FC Basel man.

It has been made clear that Cabral has no future at the Stadium of Light after the 25-year-old has not appeared for the first-team since August, 2013, and spent the second half of last season on loan at Italian side Genoa.

With two years left to run on his Sunderland contract, Cabral’s hopes of playing regular first-team football look to depend on moving to a Championship club when the emergency loan window opens on Monday.

That is an avenue which does appeal to Cabral, according to his agent Walter Fernandez.

“Yes, we are looking at move to the Championship and Cabral would be interested in that,” Fernandez told the Echo.

“He stayed at Sunderland yesterday because the interest was not advanced enough to leave.”

Like Cabral, Danny Graham is still a Sunderland player today after nothing concrete emerged for the striker yesterday.

Graham has been offered to a succession of Championship clubs this summer, although Poyet has been pleased with the former Middlesbrough man’s attitude in training.

The 29-year-old will also hope to leave Sunderland on an emergency loan after netting six goals in 17 Championship starts during his spell at Boro last season.

However, Sunderland were successful in getting French duo Roberge and Diakite off the books yesterday.

Roberge joined Stade de Reims on a season-long loan after the Ligue 1 outfit made an enquiry last week for the 27-year-old, who has started just eight Premier League games since arriving at the Stadium of Light last summer.

The former Maritimo man was keen to join Reims and after Sunderland boosted their defensive options with the loan signing of Sebastian Coates, boss Gus Poyet has sanctioned Roberge’s departure.

Diakite (left), meanwhile, had the remaining two years of his Sunderland contract terminated by mutual consent.

The 27-year-old started just three Premier League games under Gus Poyet and spent the second half of last season with Fiorentina, before he wasn’t even handed a squad number by Sunderland this summer.

Diakite has now been released and is expected to re-join Fiorentina on a free transfer, although there has also been reported interest from Napoli.