If Sunderland are going to strengthen their defence today, then it seems that Micah Richards will not be part of it.
The Manchester City defender had been strongly linked with a deadline day loan move to the north east, but reports today appear to be pretty clear that he is instead headed for Fiorentina.
Micah Richards is on his way to Italy. Loan move to Fiorentina to be made permanent next summer if all goes well. #mcfc— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) September 1, 2014
It's a story that Sky Sports News are also reporting, claiming that it is the player's wage demands - believed to be around the £65k p/w mark, that has put off interest from Premier League clubs, which sounds a bit odd considering Serie A is not exactly renowned for its earning potential compared to England.
Ah well, another off the list. Right now it's looking very likely that Sebastian Coates is the preferred target.