The Gossip: Down To The Final Hours

Ricky Alvarez in action for Argentina

For the final time during the transfer window, it's time to take our analytical eye to all the news and rumours from the week just gone.

There is one day left before the transfer window closes and it has been a very busy week but expect the rumour mill to go into overdrive as Gus Poyet looks to add even more players to our squad but before then, the formalities.

Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (Stade Rennais)
Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes)
Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina)
Caner Erkin (Fenerbache)
Gordan Bunoza (Wisla Krakow)
Will Buckley (Brighton)
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
Raul Meireles (Fenerbache)
Matt Grimes (Exeter)
Josh McEachran (Chelsea)
Diego Capel (Sporting Lisbon)
Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff)
Fabio Borini (Liverpool)
Martin Kelly (Liverpool
Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce)
Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)
Ever Banega (Valencia)
Jordon Mutch (Cardiff)
Daniele Dessena (Cagliari)
Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos)
Christopher Forrester (St Pats.)
Billy Jones (West Brom)
Jordi Gomez (Wigan)
Costel Pantilimon (Man City)
Michael Mancienne (Hamburg)
Kevin Chaurand (Celaya)
Luis Pedro Cavanda (Lazio)
Ashley Williams (Swansea)
Tom Ince (Blackpool)
Luca Cigarini (Atalanta)
William Vainqueur (Standard Liege)
Luciano Vietto (Racing Club)
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax)
Paulinho (Livorno)
Curtis Davies (Hull)
Ross McCormack (Leeds)
Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)
Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille)
Rene Adler (Hamburg)
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
German Lux (Deportivo La Coruna)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke)
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
Lewis Baker (Chelsea)
Victor Moses (Chelsea)
Panagiotis Kone (Bologna)
Diego Poyet (Charlton)
Enner Valencia (Pachuca)
Jose Holebas (Olympiakos)
Djamel Mesbah (Parma)
Timothee Kolodziejczak (Nice)
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
Jack Rodwell (Man City)
Nabil Bahoui (AIK)
Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce)
Troy Deeney (Watford)
Jordan McGhee (Hearts)
Jamal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest)
Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
Virgil van Dijk (Celtic)
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
Rod Fanni (Marseille)
Christian Fuchs (Schalke)
Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros)
Dorin Rotariu (Dinamo Bucharest)
Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk)
Max Clayton (Crewe)
Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton)
Charlie Austin (QPR)
Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea)
Davide Astori (Calgiari)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew)
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls)
Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea)
Raoul Cedric Loe (Osasuna)
Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid)
Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)
Leandro Rodriguez (CA River Plate)
Daniel Wass (Evian)
Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea)
Jonathan Biabiany (Parma)
Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
Ikechi Anya (Watford)
Ogneyi Onazi (Lazio)
Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano)
Maxime Lestinne (Club Brugge)
Bruma (Galatasaray)
Abel Hernandez (Palermo)
Anthony Stokes (Celtic)
Paolo Guerrero (Corinthians)
Facundo Ferreyra (Shaktar Donetsk)
Christian Atsu (Chelsea)
Sam Byram (Leeds)
Michael Dawson (Tottenham)
Davide Faraoni (Udinese)
Bruno Zuculini (Man City)
Micah Richards (Man City)
Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge)
Phillipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen)
Mbark Boussoufa (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham)
Ryan Christie (Inverness CT)
Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan)
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool)
Hassan Yebda (Granada)
Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio)
Eduardo Vargas (Napoli)
Hugo Almeida (Besiktas)
Salomon Kalou (Lille)
Danny Welbeck (Man Utd)
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)
Vedran Corlukla (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid)
Rolando (Porto)
Andy King (Leicester City)
Ricky Alvarez (Inter Milan)
Ludovic Obraniak (Werder Bremen)

We added six new names to our list this week and with the transfer window closing tomorrow, our running total for the summer is up to 121.

The closest of all the rumoured deals as we head into deadline day is that of Inter Milan's Ricky Alvarez. Although the club played down the rumour, the player is believed to be in England finalising his move to Sunderland but will have to pass a medical and agree personal terms before any deal can go through.

The 26-year-old is expected to sign a season-long loan deal from Inter and it's been reported that should the club stay up this season, then Sunderland will be obligated to make the deal permanent under the terms of the loan. The initial fee is around £800,000 with a further £8.7m should the deal become permanent at the end of the season.

Signing Alvarez will be something of a coup for Sunderland, with the player being involved in Argentina's World Cup squad and also called up for their friendly game against Germany on Wednesday.

Speaking of coups, Poyet is hoping to pull off yet another one as the club chase Belgian international Toby Alderweireld. The Atletico Madrid defender has fallen down the pecking order at the Vicente Calderon Stadium and is hoping to leave the Spanish champions in search of regular football.

Reports in Belgium earlier this week suggested Sunderland had agreed a loan deal with Alteticofor Alderweireld but despite regularly being linked with him since then there has been no public movement on the transfer and the likes of Arsenal and Everton have been strongly linked with the 25-year-old, although Southampton manager Ronald Koeman ruled the South Coast club out of the running. He is thought to be a genuine target of Poyet however but the club will have their work cut out with the player likely to have plenty of options.

With so much competition for Alderweireld, another two players were mentioned as possibilities to provide competition in central defence this week. First up is a player we've been linked with regularly this summer, in Celtic's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Times claimed Sunderland had bid £6m for the 23-year-old who is reportedly keen to leave the Scottish champions after they failed to qualify for the Champions League but there were also claims that the club only had an interest in the player and had yet to actually make a bid. Poyet's Brighton did bid for the player when he was at Groningen 18 months ago, so our head coach has a long standing interest in van Dijk and like Alderweireld would hopefully add quality competition for Wes Brown and John O'Shea in the immediate future while being a long term replacement for one further down the line.

Then there is Porto defender Rolando. The Portuguese international spent last season on loan at Inter Milan and with the Serie A club struggling to sign the player, it has been reported that Sunderland may look to gazump the Italians for the 28-year-old. It's likely that Rolando is not Poyet's first choice but should a potential deal for the likes of Alderweireld and van Dijk fall through, the club will need other moves going on in the background so they don't leave themselves short when the window closes.

This morning's Sunday Mirror claims Sunderland are on the verge of signing Manchester City defender Micah Richards on a season-long loan, with the 26-year-old locked in talks with the club. The report says West Ham and Fiorentina are also interested in Richards but Sunderland's willingness to meet the player's wage demands means they are in pole position to sign the one time England prospect.

Signing Richards on a loan deal could be a smart bit of business. He has struggled for playing time in the last couple of seasons and if there are any doubts about his fitness record, then saving the £8m City were demanding for the player this summer, giving Richards a season to prove himself once more and potentially signing the player on a free transfer next summer could potentially be a huge bargain.

Another Premier League defender strongly linked with a move to the Stadium of Light was Liverpool's Sebastian Coates, who was said to be closing in on a season-long loan deal. Any move for Coates will be complicated by our ongoing interest in Fabio Borini, as you can't loan more than one player from another Premier League club and with Borini clearly our first choice, the move for Coates will likely to go right down to the deadline on the off chance we can finally persuade the Italian to make a return to Sunderland.

Former Tottenham full back Vedran Corluka emerged as a target for Sunderland this week, if you believe the Daily Mail. The Mail reports that the Croatian defender is available from Lokomotiv Moscow for a fee of around £4.8m. Although he's a good defender and would provide the versatility Poyet is looking for, he only signed a new contract with the Russian club at the beginning of August and with interest in Corluka from Valencia and Villarreal, it would seem an unlikely transfer.

Another transfer that seems unlikely is that of Leicester City midfielder Andy King. The 25-year-old started his career with Leicester but has just one year remaining on his existing contract and, according to Sky Sports, Sunderland, West Brom and QPR are all interested in signing the player. This particular rumour smacks of an agent trying to get leverage for his client as they head into talks over a new contract, so probably one to ignore.

For differing reasons, the link with Polish international Ludovic Obraniak is likely one to ignore too. The player is out of favour at Werder Bremen and is looking to leave the club before the deadline closes and Sunderland and West Ham are just the sort of clubs any aspiring agents would link their client with as they look to drum up interest.

In outgoing news, the club are hoping to move Modibo Diakite, Cabral and Danny Graham off the books before the window closes. Diakite is hoping to buyout his contract and return to Italy, while Cabral and Danny Graham are both believed to be willing to drop down to the Championship to play regular football. Valentin Roberge may also be heading for the exit, with Ligue 1 side Reims interested in signing the French defender.

Speaking after the disappointing 1-0 defeat at QPR, Poyet outlined what he expected to happen before the transfer window closes;

We know the numbers that I want to work with and we know the numbers that we were.

I'm going to be on the phone all tomorrow. It's supposed to be a day off tomorrow, but it's not going to be!

We're going to do something and let's hope it's good ones.

With Sunderland likely to loan more players during this window, Poyet then went on to explain why we may look to loan a player rather than signing them permanently;

There are important positions that we need to strengthen.If you're going to buy a player and spend money, you need to look at the price and if he's the right player for the next three or four years.

But then if it's a loan, it's a totally different situation.

With a loan, sometimes players just want to go to a place where they are going to play.

And then some players make the decision to come and others don't want to

It's hard not to take those last two lines as a veiled reference to Borini, who has been told by Brendan Rodgers that he should leave Liverpool for his own good. Sunderland still hope to sign the Italian, albeit on loan, but may now face competition from both Milan clubs and QPR.

Should the club be unable to clinch a deal for Borini, Manchester United's Danny Welbeck is also an option, with the former loanee told he can leave the club by new United manager Louis van Gaal and like Borini would almost certainly be another loan deal.

Regardless of whether Coates, Richards, Welbeck or Borini sign on loan before tomorrow's deadline, it would be a major surprise if the club didn't use up their domestic loan quota. So expect a minimum of two signings, not including the soon to be concluded Alvarez, as Poyet would ideally like to bring in a full back, central defender, central midfielder and a striker who can play on the left.

Whatever happens it's sure to be a hectic couple of days, so stay tuned to Roker Report throughout the next two days as we keep you up to date with all the transfer news and rumours as the transfer window draws to a close. Also, feel free to keep in touch with our dedicated Transfer Centre, which you can do by CLICKING HERE.

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