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ROKER ROUNDUP: REVEALED! Premier League striker Sunderland tried to sign this summer, but didn’t

Whilst Sunderland wait to hear the extent of Charlie Wyke’s knee injury, we reveal the details around one striker the club pursued heavily this summer to help provide competition up front, but ultimately didn’t get over the line.

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One Sunderland missed out on

Sunderland face a bit of a wait to find out the severity of the injury Charlie Wyke picked up in the defeat against Burton Albion.

Wyke collided with Burton’s debutant goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov and was stretchered off after injury the same knee that kept him out of action when he initially joined the club.

Should Wyke face significant time out, Jack Ross will rue missing out on a striker - with one name in particular close to signing for the club but for the move to fall through.

You may remember that Jack Ross was hoping to sign a striker in time for the EFL Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday but then no move materialised - well, that player was Brighton and Hove Albion’s young Swedish forward Viktor Gyökeres.

Sunderland were in advanced discussions to sign the player but couldn’t get the deal over the line, and since missing out on that move, he has made his debut for Brighton in their EFL Cup defeat to Southampton and has scored in his last three Premier League 2 games.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton - Carabao Cup Second Round Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Papy has regrets

Papy Djilobodji was sacked by Sunderland last week after failing to turn up for training in August, then turning up once the transfer window had closed and subsequently failing a fitness test.

That could have been avoided if he had found another club but despite being linked to Hannover 96 and Trabzonspor, the window closed with the defender still officially a Sunderland player.

According to reports in Turkey, the Senegalese defender regrets that his move to Turkey fell through when his demands caused Trabzonspor to pull out of a deal to sign him.

Sunderland v Hull City - Premier League Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Trialist signs for MLS club

Former Sunderland trialist Kacper Przybylko has found a new club after he signed a deal with Major League Soccer outfit Philadelphia Union.

The striker was on trial with the club in early August but after failing to earn a deal with Jack Ross, he headed to German club Magdeburg - but was again unsuccessful, so it was third time lucky in America.

Union’s technical director Chris Albright was happy to add the player to their squad:

After having the opportunity to get an extended look at Kacper in training over the last few weeks, we are pleased to add him to our squad in advance of the MLS Roster Freeze.

He is a physical forward with a nose for goal, and we are encouraged with his progress in recovering from injury. We believe he bolsters our depth and we are looking forward to working his fitness up as we enter the stretch run of our season.

Przybylko was understandably delighted to sign for an MLS side and you can catch his interview below: