Sunderland transfer window so far: Downgraded keeper but overall success

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With one month left till the close of the transfer window we take a look at The Black Cats’ efforts in the market so far.

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Players signed

Paolo di Canio, when not busy whipping his boys into shape, has been reshaping his team from top to bottom.

Emmanuel Giaccherini has to be the marquee signing of the bunch. At £6.5 million, the Italian international comes at a snip from Juventus.

Some of their best business has however been utilising the Bosman ruling.

Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite are good defensive additions, while Cabral could prove to be one of the Premier League’s bargain buys.

El-Hadji Ba looks a promising talent, and Jozy Altidore will be charged with getting the goals like he did at AZ Alkmaar - not with Hull City.

Vito Mannone has come in as the new number one stopper from Arsenal, and has looked impressive in pre-season.

And little known quantity David Karlsson also looks a promising talent - especially from dead-ball situations.

It certainly has been a rebuilding stage, as the Italian looks to bring in players he feels can play his style of football in the Premier League.

Wes Brown’s return from injury also acts as basically a new arrival.

Ones that got away and those to come

Sunderland pulled out of a deal for Charis Mavrias of Panathinaikos this week, but are still being linked with the signature of Zdravko Kuzmanovic from Inter Milan.

It is an interesting pursuit, as many Premier League teams chase his signature.

The club did miss out on promising left-back Bernard Mendy who instead went to Marseille - so there may be scope for a left-back to arrive still this summer.

Those who have left

In terms of those that got away only one was really wanted.

Simon Mignolet has joined Liverpool for £9 million and that will obviously be a loss.

Other than that, the players to have been moved on seem to be those not in the plans of Di Canio.

Danny Graham, Alfred N’Diaye and Ahmed Elmohamady have all left - as have the deadwood in Titus Brable and Matthew Kilgallon - two players that have been punching above their weight for a while now.

Others could follow, with James McClean, Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley in particular linked with an exit.

So expect more new faces to boot.

Grade so far: C

A solid rebuilding session at the club but losing Mignolet for Mannone is a definite dip in quality.

That being said Altidore, Giaccherini and Cabral look quality signings that should steer them away from relegation troubles this season.

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