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Transfer Deadline Day: As It Happened

Sunderland added two Italian's to the squad, but lost Stephane Sessegnon to West Bromwich Albion on a maddening day of rumour and half-truth.

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Confirmed: Sessegnon Signs With Baggies

Stephane Sessegnon has completed a move to West Bromwich Albion for a fee thought to be around £6m.

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Confirmed: Dossena Signs For Sunderland

Sunderland have completed the signing of Andrea Dossena from Napoli.

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Confirmed: Borini Signs On Loan

Fabio Borini has finally signed his season-long loan deal from Liverpool.

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Sessegnon Nearing The Exit Door

Stephane Sessegnon's days on Wearside appear to be numbered as the Northern Echo report today that he is in the Midlands to agree personal terms with West Bromwich Albion.

At the moment no deal has been agreed between the clubs, but Sunderland are thought to be seeking a fee in the region of £6m, which would break the Baggies transfer record.

The 29-year old doesn't seem to be able to find a place at Sunderland despite an abundance of talent. His unpredictability covers all areas of his game from whether or not he'll score a world class goal or whether or not he'll even turn up and put in a performance.

It will no doubt be to the fury of many fans that Sess leaves, but perhaps it's for the best that we eventually move on and live and die with the system we're trying to implement. For better or worse.

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No Palace Move For Larsson

Reports this morning from the Croydon Advertiser suggested that there was word Seb Larsson may make a £4.5m move to Crystal Palace. That appears to have been shot down relatively quickly.

The Independent have reported;

Which to be honest always seemed the most likely outcome. £4.5m was a staggering price for Larsson and if it was in the offing he'd surely already be down in London to complete a move.

As it is, Larsson will be battling to start alongside Ki Seung-Yong in the centre of midfield along with a plethora of other options, each more non-descript and poor than the last.

Make up your own jokes about how he should have turned up at Crystal Palace on Saturday/Saturday put them off etc.

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Left-Back Target Staying In Spain

Sunderland's short-lived pursuit of Granada fullback Guilherme Siqueira looks like he is staying at the Spanish side for the foreseeable future.

Reports in Spain claim that he won't be going to us, Liverpool, Everton, Real Madrid or anywhere else;

Barring a miracle, the player will have to stay in Granada CF. The team he is contracted with until June 30, 2017.

Real Madrid are not going to go because they will continue Fabio Coentrao.

It was thought earlier today that with Madrid sticking with Coentrao and Liverpool having plenty of options at left back there was an outside chance of the Brazilian coming to Sunderland. It seems though our hopes will lie in Andrea Dossena for the time being though as he looks to complete a move from Napoli.

The 27-year old left back is known to Roberto De Fanti and Valentino Angeloni from his time in Italy with Udinese, however no move is forthcoming for his services.

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Chalobah Not Coming To Sunderland

Young Chelsea prospect Nathanial Chalobah will not be signing for Sunderland, although reports that he might were dubious in the first place.

With the impending arrival of Fabio Borini taking up our final domestic loan, any move for him was unlikely. A permanent deal was even more unlikely as he recently penned a five-year extension to his contract at Stamford Bridge.

It's worth pointing out that this information came by the ever-reliable Alan Nixon, and should have been treat with the little amount of respect it deserved.

The 18-year old has versatility to place in central defence and midfield and would have been a pretty decent addition to either slot, although it now appears that QPR and Watford are the front runners for his signature.

We can now place this one in the bin of "dead before they started", although to be honest we have our doubts this was ever on. Move along, nothing to see here.

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Reports: Crystal Palace Interest In Larsson

Crystal Palace are said to be firming up an interest in Seb Larsson.

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Reports: Prem Rivals Bid For Sessegnon

Reports this morning of West Bromwich Albion's interest in Stephane Sessegnon have been ramped up after further reports that a £6m bid has been launched for his services by The Baggies.

The reports of an actual bid seem to stem however from the Daily Mail, so let's not get too carried away just yet.

The fee would eclipse their club record of £4.9m paid to Reading for Shane Long as they look to fend off interest from Qatari side El Jaish, however Aston Villa are also being credited with an interest although nothing substantial seems to be in that at this stage.

At the moment it very much looks like a straight battle for Sessegnon with El Jaish, where he can see out his years earning a bucket-load in an easy league, or take another crack at the Premier League with Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion.

We still think that El Jaish will make the move though as they have held the interest for the longest, and reports this morning from Doha claimed that he was still very much the top target for the Army side.

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Ji Dong-Won Speaks About Future, Denies Rumours

As reported earlier on today, Ji Dong Won is alive and well in Paju ahead of Korea Republic's games against Haiti and Croatia this weekend, where he denied he was going to go to Hamburg.

Finally, we have some quotes from the man himself on his future;

I am not joining Hamburger SV. I only found out about the report after arriving home.

I just played a game and flew here. I don't know what (the report of an impending medical test) was all about.

It was also mentioned in the report that he as spoken to Ki Seung-Yong whilst on international duty and has stated he is looking forward to playing with his international teammate at Sunderland.

The likelihood of Ji leaving the club in this window now appear to have narrowed down to absolutely zero, so we can move on from this particular rumour no matter how you feel about it, and look towards who Sunderland might bring in.

You can keep up with all the news with us on Twitter @RokerReport as well as HERE in our Deadline Day Stream.

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Chalk Quagliarella Off The List

Might as well just tie this one off now as it appears any even remote interest in Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella has ended, with a move to West Ham United seeming his most likely destination.

Widespread reports this morning claim that he is in London ready to complete a loan move, however it was Sunderland who were initially linked with his services nearly three weeks ago.

Should we be looking to replace Stephane Sessegnon, Quagliarella would have been a perfect option despite his age as he continues to produce moments of magic for the Turin giants.

In the initial reports Sunderland were also credited with an outlandish link to Alessandro Matri, although that always seemed even more unlikely and he's now signed for Milan.

Quagliarella's move to West Ham hasn't been confirmed yet, but does seem incredibly likely given the level of reporting and the names involved in doing so having connections at both Juventus and the Hammers.

A name we can effectively rule out as of now, barring an incredibly unlikely turn of events.

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Dossena Set For Sunderland Medical

Napoli defender Andrea Dossena is on his way to Sunderland to put the final details down on a contract reports the usually reliable Gianluca Di Marzio in Italy.

The Italian would certainly fit the bill as a left-back, although there are several doubts about his quality as the vast majority of Napoli fans it seems would be glad to see the back of him, coupled with him being a relative flop at Liverpool a few seasons back too.

Dossena made his name at... yup, you guessed it, Udinese in 2006. That connection coming in again as Sunderland look to put a specialist in the problem position.

It's difficult not to get carried away and judge anything based on his spell at Liverpool as it ended nearly three years ago now, and things can change. Certainly it's better to have someone accustomed to the position there.

At 32-years old, it's not a long-term solution either, but at least he actually is a left-full back. I don't suppose we can complain too much.

It's unclear at the moment if this is a loan or a permanent transfer. Either way, a fee is likely to be negligible.

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Reports: Ji Not Signing For Hamburg

Some spurious reports last night claimed that Ji Dong-Won was in Hamburg awaiting a move to the Bundesliga side, it appears this morning that that isn't the case.

Paolo Di Canio recently spoke out in support of the much maligned attacker after a series of dismal displays which saw the Stadium Of Light crowd get on his back.

Widespread reports came out last night claiming he was having a medical at Hamburg SV ahead of a £4m move, although it has been confirmed in Korea this morning that he is currently at the Paju National Football Centre with his international teammates ahead of games against Haiti and Croatia this international weekend.

It's also claimed in those reports that Ji himself has denied he ever had a medical with Hamburg, and perhaps the unclear photographs of him at an airport last night were merely him en route to Korea, or indeed perhaps someone else entirely.

Many fans do hope for him to move on after a series of underwhelming performances, and if he does stay then he'll have to up his game significantly to win round the support of the fans.

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Sessegnon A Target For Premier League Side

This morning's Birmingham Mail reports that Stephane Sessegnon is a target for West Bromwich Albion, with the line coming via the very well respected and well connected Chris Lepkowski.

The paper reports that they'd be very interested, although a price tag of £5m might put them off as it would break their record transfer fee which was paid to Reading for Shane Long.

If Sessegnon went to West Brom, a team who have struggled at the start of the season along with us, it would be seen by many fans as a huge blow. Many are disappointed that he looks likely to leave to anywhere, but to a team we should be competing with it would be even more of a loss.

Reports in Doha this morning insisted a move to Qatari side El Jaish was still on and should be completed soon, but with West Brom entering the race things could become a little more clouded.

Either way, it's unlikely Sessegnon will be pulling on a Sunderland shirt ever again.

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Coentrao's Stay Could Aid Move For Siqueira

Reports emerged last night of Sunderland being linked with a move for Granada defender Guilherme Siqueira, although it was also speculated that we'd have hefty competition for the 27-year old's signature from Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Any move to the famous Spanish side were hinged however upon Fabio Coentrao going somewhere else, and following their 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti said there there is now no chance of the Portuguese defender leaving;

Fabio is staying. I understood that he wanted to go, but really it was not the same desire for everyone. Now he's decided to stay and everybody, the club, players and coaching staff, are happy with this decision.

Siqueira is seemingly surplus to requirements at Granada, and a fee of around £3m could see a deal done for the left-back. This season he's not featured in their first three games, and barely featured during the preseason as he was hawked around clubs.

He'll also be well known to Roberto De Fanti and Valentino Angeloni, who signed him for Udinese before he was farmed out to feeder club Granada.

Siqueira also fits the bill as an attacking left-back too, having managed to hit 17 goals in 70 games for the side.

Any move certainly ticks all the boxes, but obviously that's exactly a reason why such a move might end up unlikely and it's merely journalists finding someone who hits all the requirements.

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Reports: Italian Striker Move Close To Completion

Several reports seem to suggest that Sunderland will be signing Fabio Borini on loan from Liverpool.

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Reports: Sunderland Interest In Left Back Trio?

With the transfer window drawing ever closer, we are rumoured to have an interest in three foreign left backs.

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The Gossip: Hectic End To The Transfer Window?

In the last edition of 'The Gossip' this summer, we take a look at the weekly transfer rumours and round-up the summer transfer window.

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