Sunderland have fulfilled their objectives for the final week of the transfer window after completing a deadline day move for American international DeAndre Yedlin.
Right-back Yedlin was the eighth and last signing to arrive at Sunderland this summer, when the 22-year-old agreed to a season-long loan switch from Spurs yesterday.
Yedlin was the only new arrival at the Stadium of Light on deadline day, yet that was not unexpected.
It rounds off a positive end to the window for Dick Advocaat and sporting director Lee Congerton after the captures of on-loan Rennes midfielder Ola Toivonen and £7.75million signing Fabio Borini.
Advocaat had been concerned heading into the last few days of the window that Sunderland still hadn’t addressed his priorities of a new striker and an attacking midfielder, while the struggles of his full-backs had not gone unnoticed either.
But in Toivonen, Borini and Yedlin, Sunderland have addressed all of those issues.
Yedlin was the only new arrival at the Stadium of Light on deadline day, yet that was not unexpected, as Sunderland had been looking for a solitary loan addition after the capture of Borini.
An interest in Liverpool centre-half Tiago Ilori – who Sunderland scouted extensively at the end of last season – was a no-go early in the day, before the Black Cats turned their attentions to Yedlin, despite the full-back being with the USA squad on the other side of the Atlantic ahead of games against Peru and Brazil.
Yedlin joined Spurs from Seattle Sounders last summer, but was allowed to re-join the MLS outfit on loan until January. When he finally arrived at White Hart Lane, he was limited to just one Premier League appearance – April’s defeat at Aston Villa.
There had been interest on the Continent for Yedlin, including Belgian side Anderlecht, but he remained at Spurs after the European transfer deadline shut on Monday night.
Yedlin, who will not be able to make his Sunderland debut against parent club Spurs when the Black Cats return to Premier League action a week on Sunday, said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to play for a club with such great history.
“I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore.
“Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.”
While Sunderland brought in one fresh face, they were unable to offload any of their dead-wood with Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias all remaining at the Stadium of Light.
However, the quartet could still move to the Football League when the emergency loan window opens next Wednesday.
Striker Steven Fletcher also remains a Sunderland player, with no substance to reports north of the border that Celtic wanted to sign the Scotland international on loan.