More transfer news are out and it has been reported that Darren Bent has moved a step closer to joining Sunderland by opening talks on a £10million move.
It is believed that Spurs have finally dropped their player-plus-cash bid for £18m-rated Kenwyne Jones and that will allow the Black Cats to seal a club record £45,000-a-week deal for the out-of-favour striker.
It is also believed that new boss Steve Bruce has yet to splash any of the £40m transfer kitty handed to him by US billionaire owner Ellis Short.
But, after not taking up an option to sign loan striker Djibril Cisse, the Black Cats are ready to make Bent the first of at least four new faces with Wigan’s Lee Cattermole and Manchester City defender Richard Dunne top of Bruce’s hit-list.
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn said to reporters that with Djibril gone Sunderland needs a striker and it’s an area where the club is looking at.
Unsettled keeper Craig Gordon has also insisted that he is ready to fight for his place. Gordon, 26, lost his starting place to Hungarian Marton Fulop after injury last season.