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Post  cyprussyd on 2013-08-25, 10:36 am

Another 5 new names this week, taking our running total for the summer to 94, meaning we might just make the 100 mark before the window has closed.

The two names that have been most prominent this week are Roma's Michael Bradley and Ki Sung-Yueng of Swansea City. While we have also been linked with a trio of promising Dundee United youngsters.

First up is Michael Bradley, who it's believed Sunderland have made a €7m offer for, a bid that looks to have been rejected already. Roma are understood to have told Sunderland that they will not sell Bradley for less than €12m, a figure that you would have to think may be out of reach of the club. Bradley is only on a little over £13k per week at Roma and he may slip down the pecking order (in a World Cup year) after the arrival of Kevin Strootman but with the player being highly rated at the Stadio Olimpico and establishing himself as a team leader, it would need Sunderland to really push the boat out to convince the club and player to agree to the move.

After being quoted €12m for Bradley, De Fanti started looking for an alternative and quickly set his sights on Swansea's Ki Sung-Yueng. A loan deal has been discussed between the clubs, with Michael Laudrup admitting that the player could leave the Liberty Stadium after falling down the pecking order. Ki and Laudrup are believed to have had a personality clash, which has hastened the player's desire to leave.

Sunderland are expected to face competition from Everton and German sides for the signature of a player who has two years left on his £35,000 per week deal with Swansea.

After yesterday's draw with Southampton, Paolo Di Canio again spoke of his desire to see a new signing, with physical presence and 'preferably British', added to central midfield. He may not get his wish of an English or British player with so little left in the transfer window but both Ki and Bradley have experience of Premier League football, albeit Bradley only had 3 games on loan at Aston Villa, and while neither are a Yaya Toure style physical presence, both are 6'2" and have an eye for a pass.

Finally we have three Dundee United prospects who Sunderland have regularly scouted of late, Ryan Gauld, John Souttar and Darren Petrie. 17-year-old attacking midfielder Gauld, 'the mini Messi', is believed to be Sunderland's main target but the club are also keeping an eye on his highly rated team-mates, 16-year-old central defender Souttar and 18-year-old defensive midfielder Petrie.

All three players, if signed, would be part of Sunderland's push to have more quality in the development squad, that can eventually push for a first team place.

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Post  oldblackcat on 2013-08-25, 10:52 am

Must admit I don't know anything about Bradley....Ki looks a decent player from the little I've seen of him..can certainly pass a ball,whether he would be an improvement though? I don't know....nice to see us looking to the future by scouting young players
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Post  Hieronymus on 2013-08-25, 11:24 am

Isn't Bradley the son of the USA team football (soccer) coach? And I think he has captained his country too. He was at Villa briefly but don't think Alex McLeish really fancied him, so maybe that is a good recommendation!

Don't really know anything about Ki but having another Korean lad might be a help for both Ji and Ki (even rhymes!) I wonder what this personality clash with Laudrup is about though? Maybe that is why Graham got peddled too?
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Post  gil t azell on 2013-08-25, 12:05 pm

Why did we let N'Diaye go before we had someone in?  Not knocking PDC but summit must have happened. Not saying Alfie was the answer but his presence with Cabral could have worked.

Can Catts step in? Just when he appeared to have conquered his temper he got injured. If PDC wants aggression Catts has it in abundance.

Mind you I certainly wouldn't object to more players coming in.
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Post  Guest on 2013-08-26, 5:35 am

syd wrote:17-year-old attacking midfielder Gauld, 'the mini Messi', is believed to be Sunderland's main target
Mini Messi'Razz  must be about 3 foot tall then.
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