Sunderland- January Transfer Window Week 3


Hugh Larkin

Hugh Larkin has a definite policy to support underdogs. Can be relied upon to support any team against Real Madrid and hopes one day to see Walsall as the top West Midland side....
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22/01/2008 10:00:00.
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Week 3 of the January Transfer Window saw not much action at the Stadium of Light and left the fans hoping that Roy Keane has some rabbits to pull from the hat before the 31st.

One player did arrive this week- Jean-Paul Mvoto, a French centre-back from Paris St Germainís reserve side. Given the way that PSG have performed this season this isnít encouraging but on the plus side the player is an under-19 international.

Roy Keane was quick to point out that Mvoto is one for the future. Sunderland fans have to be glad that the club is thinking long term but a little frustrated because signings are needed for the current problems.

The manager made it clear that heís been unimpressed with press stories linking him with moves for Steve Sidwell, Robbie Keane and Olivier Kapo. One player he did admit to chasing is Portsmouthís Matt Taylor who chose Bolton over Sunderland.

Since his appointment Roy Keane has tended to move swiftly to sign players and usually been honest in denying reports if they are inaccurate- it would be a surprise to see Kapo or Sidwell turn up at the Stadium of Light now.

With Taylor choosing the North-West and Reading still playing hard ball over Steve Hunt, the impetus to bring in fresh midfield talent- especially on the left side- was boosted even further by the news that Ross Wallace would be out for the season.

On top of that, Kieran Richardson picked up a hamstring problem. With Carlos Edwards not quite back to full fitness yet and Dickson Etuhu at the African Nations Cup, the pressure is really on to land some new faces for the midfield areas.

Very little has changed since the write up on Week 2. No accurate reports on any new targets surfaced and Reading continued to make it clear that they want to keep Stephen Hunt. The last substantial story about the projected deal is that Sunderland had upped the bid to £5 million.

When the window opened, Keane talked about getting four players in. Jonny Evans arrived as soon as the window opened but Mvoto probably isnít part of that figure. Since January 1st Sunderland have missed out on Robbie Savage and Matthew Taylor, while Reading havenít budged on Hunt.

Savage, Taylor and Hunt could have been the other three names Roy Keane wanted but more likely he was after two from three. It would be a surprise if he didnít try to recruit someone up front too.

The next 10 days or so are going to be anxious and potentially frantic ones. The manager is still cutting a confident figure and clearly has alternative targets in mind. New faces are essential to Sunderlandís relegation fight but it is going a bit close to the wire to bring them in.

Nevertheless, Black Cats fans still have faith in Roy Keane and Niall Quinn to deliver. There could be plenty to write about the in the next couple of weeks.

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Tony Ratton:

Yes Roy Keane has had his setbacks in the January transfer window but hopefully he will still deliver. The signing of Phil Bardsley appears to be imminent and I agree with Hugh Larkin in that we should be looking to bring another forward in. The Kieran Richardson injury is a blow but hopefully Carlos Edwards should be returning soon. SAFC fans should keep the faith.†


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