Martin O’Neill’s first full season in charge at the Stadium of Light means the rumour mill at Sunderland is now in full swing but the Northern Irishman has been typically coy regarding potential new signings.
The former Aston Villa manager has only managed to bring in one new face so far this summer with the capture of defender Carlos Cuellar on a free transfer but is expected to bring in a host of new faces this summer, despite keeping his cards as close to his chest as humanly possible.
The beauty of the transfer market is that however reserved O’Neill tries to be, the gossip columns will never relent in their endless quest for rumour and hearsay. Ever since Black Cats Chairman Ellis Short announced he will back his manager with funds, the list of potential signings has gone from a post-it note to a full blown booklet and Sunderland fans are left to sift through the mess and find the more realistic options available to their beloved side.
The Mackem faithful have been more than vocal with their concerns that their threadbare squad is lacking in a number of positions and such is the insightful nature of transfer innuendo, the club have been linked to a number of different players deemed suitable for O’Neill’s revolution.