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News: March 22nd 2011

Lots of tidbits, not much actual information or anything particularly outstanding in the news for Sunderland this week since the Liverpool debacle, but nonetheless, here's a little round-up of everything that's going on in our world, including transfer news, international news and all that sorta thing.

Cat's Eye 'Boros Bennett?

Well, probably not in all likelihood at this point in time. Sure, we need a left back, and he is one, but the story only appeared on via their 'sources'... ah those mysterious sources who only seem to come out when there's a story to be made-up.

Joe Bennett is a decent enough young defender, recently called into the England U21 set-up and a regular first-teamer at Middlesbrough in the Championship. Whilst I'd like us to take a chance on young English talent in the search for new players, I feel we would be better placed with someone who has been there and done it in the Premier League or equivalent level.

Just to even discredit the article, Joe himself denied any talk of leaving Boro on his own Twitter page this morning saying "Dunno where this talk has come from, I ain't going nowhere"

Nedum Onuoha Facing International Tug-Of-War Too?

No, not right now he isn't. Whilst the Daily Mail claim that the Nigerian FA are keen to secure the talented defender's services in the wake of acquiring Wigan Athletic's Victor Moses and Newcastle's Shola Ameobi, these claims have since been denied.

Super Eagles head coach Samson Siasia has said there is no plans to speak with Nedum, who was born in Nigeria, at the moment and is focussing instead on his teams clash with Ethiopia this week.

With Nedum having already turned down a meeting with Siasia in the past, it seems unlikely the two will be linking up in the near future.

Ellis Short Interview

Ellis short gave an interview to SAFC TV, and didn't really say anything particularly interesting. I'm not slating the owner - who has been so magnificent for us, I'm simply saying that "Beating Chelsea was good"... "Steve Bruce is good"... "Hey fans, please come back"... isn't all that newsworthy or interesting.

My God I wish there had been something juicy in there, even as far as "We've got laods of money to spend!" but quiet man Ellis kept his cards close to his chest, and didn't give much away.

Sessegnon Gets A Kicking

Stephane Sessegnon took a bit of a kicking in the press from former coach Antoine Koumbare this weekend. The PSG manager said of the Benin playmaker "He does not accept competition" and then adding "Today we are much better without him."

Indeed quite Mr Koumbare, who's comments to L'Equipe look rather foolish as his side slumped to 2-1 defeat at Marseille, to leave the Parisiens 10 points behind in the title race. Much, much better without Sess though, obvs.

Mignolet To Learn From Mistakes

And finally, Simon Mignolet has pledged to learn from his mistake which allowed Luis Suarez to score a thoroughly decent goal against us at the weekend. "I was expecting a cross. I will study the tapes and learn form this" the Belgian told anyone within earshot. Well, good on you Mig for learning, although you pretty much said it all in that one line.

... And that's all the news. You stay classy Sunderland!

*Shuffles papers, mumbles*

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