Sunderland transfer deadline day flops

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With every deadline day, panic usually sets in at Premier League clubs across the country.

And Sunderland, over the years, have been no different.



We take a look at some of their biggest deadline day flops and one player who turned his fortunes around at the club.

Oh, and Andy Carroll makes an appearance too. We couldn’t resist:

Ricky Alvarez, August 2014:

One of the more recent flops.

In 104 days at the club he made just four appearances.

Ricky Alvarez was signed on deadline day last summer but has proved somewhat of a headache for Sunderland since.

Alvarez – who has started just five Premier League games in red and white - has become an outcast on Wearside.

Last season’s loanee Alvarez remains in limbo because Sunderland and Inter Milan face a FIFA arbitration case to decide where the Argentine international will play his football.

Sunderland were duty-bound to sign Alvarez in a £7.5million deal if they remained in the Premier League last season.

Ricky Alvarez

Ricky Alvarez

But the Black Cats are arguing that Inter breached the loan contract due to their hesitation in approving knee surgery for the 27-year-old.

Inter have begun formal proceedings with FIFA, who will decide the matter.

Benjani, January 2010:

Then Sunderland boss Steve Bruce saw the experienced striker as a player who would substantially up the workrate and the options in attack.

But ultimately Benjani’s Sunderland CV was less than impressive.

He made just one start and seven substitute appearances in his time on Wearside, totalling only 121 minutes of action.

However, at least the pay-as-you-play loan deal on his £50,000-per-week wages (!) agreed between Sunderland and City kept the cost to a minimum for the Black Cats.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos, 2012:

Statistics show that Sotirios Kyrgiakos has been Sunderland’s worst deadline day signing.

The Greek defender joined the Black Cats on the winter deadline day of 2012, on loan until the end of the season from Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg.

He arrived with a decent reputation having made 30 appearances during two seasons at Liverpool and having been capped 60 times by his country.

But in 104 days at the club he made just four appearances.

That is the worst return of any of Sunderland’s deadline day signings to have never been loaned out.

Danny Graham, 2013:

One flop who turned his Sunderland career around is Graham.

Graham had proved himself as a decent Premier League striker, but had been quoted in the past as saying he would stay “as far away from Sunderland” as he could if his boyhood team, Newcastle, did not exist.

He went on to make 12 appearances for Sunderland after his £5m move from Swansea City, scoring no times, before being loaned out to Hull City.

Graham has also failed to make an impact there.

But he forced his way back into the side at Sunderland and played an important role in last season’s survival.

He could still leave today though...

While he has never played for Sunderland, who could forget Andy Carroll’s move to Liverpool (2011)

Carroll became the most expensive British player in history when Liverpool shelled out an incredible £35m to take him from Newcastle in 2011.

They sold him on two-and-a-half-years later at a £20m loss, not to mention the millions they lost in wages....