Sunderland 'Til I Die: The 12 ambitious deals Martin Bain missed out on revealed in Netflix documentary

Sunderland's transfer failings have been laid bare in Netflix series 'Sunderland 'Til I Die' - and these are some of the high-profile transfers the Black Cats missed out on.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 08:38
Martin Bain missed out on some key loan deals for Sunderland

During a recruitment meeting in episode two, the Black Cats' scouting team present Martin Bain with a list of potential loan deals from Premier League clubs - with some exciting names included. However, Bain was only able to secure an agreement for one of the targets, Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria, to join the club as made the move in January. So who did Sunderland miss out on at the start of last season? Click through the pages below to see the loan targets Bain ultimately missed out on:

The versatile midfielder has started to see some first team opportunities at Arsenal, but was eyed by Sunderland last season.
A more experienced head, Gosling's lack of regular game time with the Cherries made him a loan target for Sunderland - despite his previous links with rivals Newcastle United.
The American attacking midfielder could have provided a much-needed creative spark, but instead proved to be a squad player at the Vitality Stadium. He has since joined Hibernian on loan.
Another experienced head, Westwood's knowledge of the Championship could have proved a valuable asset. But again, a deal for the Burnley midfielder could not be completed.
Now playing for League One side Fleetwood Town, Marney was another identified as a potential target for the Black Cats. He failed to make a single league appearance for the Clarets last season.
The Israeli midfielder was a regular for the Seagulls last season, but had initially been looked at by Sunderland as they aimed to bolster their midfielder options.

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Another player who is well-versed in the second tier, Mutch found opportunities at Palace limited and ultimately joined Vancouver Whitecaps on loan - although he failed to win a permanent deal in Canada.
The Serbian was watched by the Black Cats but instead joined Cardiff - playing a starring role as the Bluebirds returned to the Premier League. Oh, what could have been.
The former Manchester United man was yet another midfield option pursued by the Black Cats having struggled for game time with the Foxes.
Many of the Black Cats' eventual loan agreements were for defenders, and Amartey was another they pursued in that position. Instead, they wound up with Jake Clarke-Salter.
Handed opportunities by the recently-departed Jose Mourinho, McTominay was on Sunderland's shortlist before his emergence at Old Trafford.
The attacking midfielder has become a key part of the Hornets' squad, but it was thought he may be available on a loan deal at the beginning of last season.