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Sunderland Aim To Offload As Loan Window Opens

Football League clubs around the country will be frantically scouring the loan market from today as the 'emergency' loan window opens allowing teams in the lower tiers an opportunity to sign up some promising youngsters, or to snare a seasoned pro looking for a game, from bulging Premier League squads.

Matthew Lewis

The emergency loan window for Football League clubs officially opened today, thus providing the possibility for temporary signings to take place between now and the November 27 deadline.

Fringe first-team members such as Danny Graham and Cabral will be looking to move on to pastures new in the Championship, as they have no future at the Stadium of Light. Cabral didn't even receive a squad number for the current campaign and will be desperate for a chance to play elsewhere.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet didn't manage to get those two off the books before September 1st despite attempts to that end and will feel comfortable enough with the remainder of his squad to let both go should any offers materialise.

It's believed a whole host of Championship outfits are looking to draft in striker Graham, with long-time admirers Charlton Athletic said to be ready to make an enquiry over his availability. The Gateshead-born forward has also been strongly linked to another spell with Middlesbrough where he spent a large chunk of last season.

Meanwhile, Cabral appears to be in limbo with very little in the way of interest arising for the midfielder. With no firm bids for his services arriving of late, it'll fall to the club to fix him up with an alternative arrangement rather than sides knocking down the door to sign him.

French striker Mikael Mandron will be the pick of the youngsters for clubs from the lower reaches to check out, with a massively impressive pre-season behind him when featuring for the senior side. Others to look out for may include USA under-20 international Lynden Gooch and pacy winger Duncan Watmore, both of whom should attract plenty of phone calls.

This loan window remains a handy tool for Premier League teams to utilise in order to hand promising footballers invaluable experience at a very good level, while it also represents a golden opportunity for the outcasts of the first-team set-up to finally get some game-time.

It can be expected that there'll be significant movement in the market involving the Black Cats over the next few weeks.

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