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The Gossip: The Calm Before The Storm?

It's time once again to analyse the week's Sunderland related transfer news and rumours.

Warren Little

It's been relatively quiet on the Sunderland front this week but with plenty of movement expected in this transfer window, is this the calm before the storm?

Before we get into that, 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)

A grand total of zero new names added to the list this week. So our running total remains at a still impressive 36.

The big news this week is one that had been expected for some time, with Jack Colback's move to Newcastle United on a free transfer being confirmed.

Sunderland were none too happy about their academy graduate moving on for free when they were led to believe the financial terms they had offered were acceptable to the player and had been assured that talks would resume once the team's Premier League survival had been assured. That didn't happen with the player refusing to speak to the club once the season ended but that was not the end of the drama, with Colback attempting to engineer a move to West Ham United after already agreeing a move to his 'boyhood heroes'.

Mike Ashley reportedly blocked that move but did give West Ham a chance to buy the player for £5m, a move the London club wisely rejected considering Colback was available on a free. Considering the midfielder was given a reported six-year, £50,000 per week deal, Sunderland should consider this a lucky escape as although the player was a useful member of the squad, he is in no way worth such a financial outlay, particularly as the club would have been looking to improve the midfield even if he had stayed.

Swansea have rejected Sunderland's initial £4m offerfor their captain Ashley Williams. The 29-year-old is currently in contract negotiations with the Welsh club and Sunderland are hoping to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding his future by tempting him to the Stadium of Light, with reports suggesting we may return with an improved £6m offer.

Williams' agent Jamie Moralee says his client does want to stay at Swansea but made it clear that he is unhappy about being in a situation where his future is unclear. It looks like this transfer will run and run, with Moralee trying to get the best deal for his client, whether at Sunderland, Swansea or elsewhere, it could be a long game of cat and mouse as the defender's future is sorted one way or the other.

Sunderland will have to continue in their hunt for senior competition to first choice number one Vito Mannone, with Julian Speroni signing a new one-year deal at Crystal Palace.

Nacho Scocco still looks likely to leave the club, if any Argentinian club can match the £3.2m Sunderland paid for the striker. Boca Juniors are expected to make an imminent offer for Scocco but with the player favouring a return to Newell's and the club hoping to raise the funds to sign the 29-year-old, Boca may have a struggle on their hands to complete a potential deal.

West Ham have had a loan offer for Marcos Alonso rejected by Fiorentina, the Italian side want to take a look a the player during pre-season to see if he has improved after his successful spell at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland remain very keep to bring the popular Spaniard back to Wearside but unless they make the Serie A side an offer they cannot reject they may now have to wait until later in the transfer window.

Talk of interest in Bafetimbi Gomies and Moussa Sow appears to be unfounded, with the club not interested in Gomis, whose wage demands are astronomical, and Sow being subject of a megabucks offer from Qatari side Al Rayyan, which the player has understandably accepted with the transfer fee appearing to be the only sticking point.

Finally the club are keen to avoid recent mistakes by tying down Mannone and Connor Wickham to new deals, as they look to ensure both players remain a part of the club's long term plans. Mannone became an increasingly popular and assured figure in the Sunderland goal after taking over from Keiren Westwood during the first half of last season and Wickham finally showed why the club paid so much money for him as a 17-year-old as his goals sparked the great escape.

That's your lot for this week but stay tuned to Roker Report throughout the summer as we keep you up to date with all the transfer news and rumours. Also, feel free to keep in touch with our dedicated Transfer Centre, which you can do by CLICKING HERE.

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