While rumour persists about where or when the likes of Asamoah Gyan will be leaving the club, one former World Cup star is already out the door as SAFC have confirmed that Paraguayan midfielder Cristian Riveros has left the club to join Turkish side Kayserispor, where he has been on loan. He had helped the club to 11th in the league this season.
Riveros joined the club in the summer of 2010, and went on to play fantastically in an over-achieving Paraguay squad at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Sadly, that top form never translated to Wearside, where he was often a substitute, and invariably forgotten about by Steve Bruce.
Many speculated it was the style of play, because as we'd seen on TV in the summer, he was a very capable player, but Bruce's stubbornness with four in midfield, and Riveros excelling in a midfield five meant he was the odd man out.
Riveros will be mainly remembered for a horrible miss against Arsenal at home. A stooping header if I recall which was easier to score than miss, and of course a solitary goal in his final game for the club away at West Ham United on the final day of the 2010/11 season.
14 appearances for the club, mainly a bit rubbish, Riveros won't be missed too much, if at all. The supposed 'undisclosed' fee is said to be around £500,000 which would in all honesty if true, represent some pretty decent business considering we got him for nothing from Mexican side Cruz Azul.
Continuing with the pluses, it's wages saved or freed up, as Martin O'Neill looks to build for next season.