Sunderland have completed the signing of Swedish star Ola Toivonen on a season long loan from Stade Rennais. The move re-unites Toivonen, who can play both as an attacking midfielder and a a striker, with Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who coached the former when he was at PSV Eindhoven.
Advocaat has publicly hit out at Sunderland’s transfer spending in recent years, saying that “crazy spending” on “lower than adverage” players has left him handicapped in the current transfer window.
Former Tottenham and Man Utd striker Louis Saha is being linked with a move to Sunderland, after becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
Saha, 33, spent the second half of last season at Tottenham after being released by Everton, scoring three goals in five starts for the London side, but was released on a free transfer by Spurs.
Sunderland could be looking for a striker with Niklas Bendtner set to return from his loan spell from Arsenal, and the former France international would offer significant Premier League experience to Martin O’Niell’s side, having first featured in Engand with Newcastle United in 1998.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neil wants to link up with former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady according to the Daily Star but are some way off a valuation.
McGeady is currently playing in the Russian Premier League with Spartak Moscow and has made significant impression amongst his Russian counterparts, though its thought that Martin O’Neil, who gave McGeady is debut whilst at Celtic is keen to strengthen the Irish presence in his squad.
The 26-year-old is currently with the Republic of Ireland squad and has Sunderland stars John O’Shea, James McClean and Keiren Westwood as team-mates, though Spartak Moscow could play hard-ball as they value the player at £10million and he is halfway through a four year contract.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is to be offered the chance to reunite with former manager Martin O’Neil. The Mirror reports that the Sunderland manager is keen on the 25-year-old and he wants to give the striker a chance to revive his career after a terrible season under Alex McLeish. The suggested fee to bring the striker to the Stadium of light is in the region of £6 million.
Agbonlahor only managed 5 goals in 33 league appearances last season, ending the campaign with a 22-game drought. However O’Neil will know all too well what the England international is capable of, he scored 45 goals in 147 league games for O’Neil at Aston Villa. Agbonlahor is also the club’s second all time top scorer 7 behind Dwight Yorke’s 60.
Caughtoffside have reported that Manchester United are eyeing a move for Adam Johnson. While According to Mirror and Metro both Sunderland and Newcastle are also interested in Manchester City winger.
Adam Johnson is looking for more assurance from Mancini that he will feature in his plans next season, having started only 10 games in the last season. His lack of playing time has cost him his place in the England national squad. Mancini is said to be unhappy with the winger’s lack of consistency and defensive discipline. He might let him go if he receives a good offer. The Italian has always preferred Silva and Nasri over Johnson.
According to Caughoffside, Sir Alex is a long time admirer of Johnson and might consider a bid for him. But this looks highly unlikely since United already have a host of wingers in Nani, Young and Valencia. But the rumours about Sunderland and Newcastle are more enticing. Martin O’Neil, according to reports, wants the Englishman on loan primarily but he might also consider a permanent deal. But Johnson’s high wages of £50,000 a week will be a problem for Sunderland. Mancini might consider any bid above £10million, but a loan deal looks most likelier.
Man City winger Adam Johnson could be given a chance to resume his England career with a move to Sunderland.
The 24-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Man City under Roberto Mancini and its thought that the Italian has raised doubts over Johnson’s attitude toward defensive duties, and the Daily Mirror report that Sunderland are interested in a move.
Either on a permanent deal or a loan, Martin O’Neill hopes the chance of regular football could be enough to lure Johnson to the Stadium of Light however his wage demands in excess of £50,000 could prove to be a stumbling block.