Sunderland boss glad window is shut

Dick Advocaat
Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat admits he’s glad to see the back of a transfer window which has seen its share of frustration.

Sunderland brought down the curtain on their summer business on deadline day yesterday when on-loan Spurs right-back DeAndre Yedlin became the eighth arrival of the window at the Stadium of Light.

Every day almost there has been a different answer on different players.

It has been a hugely positive end to the window from the Black Cats, with the £7.75million capture of Fabio Borini, coupled with loanees Yedlin and Ola Toivonen, joining Advocaat’s side over the last week.

But it has been a difficult window for Advocaat and sporting director Lee Congerton in terms of a number of deals that Sunderland have been close to completing, yet have then come to nought.

Advocaat told the Gazette: “Since we started on July 1, the problem has been that there have been so many deals that have been on-off, on-off.

“Every day almost there has been a different answer on different players.

“Normally when you go home at 5pm or 6pm it stops, but it has been going on until 11pm – it never stops!

“In principle, we start today because now we know what squad we’ve got and we can think about how we want to work, with what kind of team.”

There have been several players who Sunderland had been on the verge of signing, only for the deal to grind to a halt.

Belgian internationals Adnan Januzaj and Jason Denayer both looked to be heading to Wearside before eventually moving elsewhere, while Sunderland were forced to draw a line under their pursuit of Jonathan de Guzman after the Dutch international dragged his heels over the move.

Sunderland also saw proposed transfers of Leroy Fer and Nicolas Lombaerts collapse after the pair failed medicals.

But Advocaat now knows the hand he has been dealt, with Sunderland’s squad due to reassemble for training at the Academy of Light today after the ex-Rangers boss gave them two days off following Saturday’s draw at Aston Villa.