From Emanuele Giaccherini to Ricky Alvaraz, Jozy Altidore to Ignacio Scocco via the entirety of Roberto Di Fanti’s frenzied recruitment drive, Sunderland may not have money to burn but that does not mean they are particularly responsible with the limited funds at their disposal.
Even this season, with David Moyes continually lamenting the fact that the club were operating with one hand behind their back in the transfer market, they have still managed to wheel in a lorryload of flops, whether on short-term loans or ill-judged permanent deals.
Though at least they can take some solace in the fact that they aren’t looking to cast off a £6 million summer signing for a mere fraction of the price, as reported by The Mirror.
The Chronicle reported in the summer that Sunderland were tracking Olympiakos left-back Arthur Masuaku but, just a few weeks later, he signed on the dotted line at West Ham in deal a worth £6 million, The Mirror claims.
However, the publication adds that after just one season in the capital, via six largely combustible appearences and a two month injury absence, The Hammers are desperate to cart him off back to whence he came for far less than his summer price tag.
Sunderland may be suffering from a lack of quality at left-back themselves with January addition Bryan Oviedo yet to convince following Patrick Van Aanholt’s departure to Crystal Palace, but at least the can take solace in knowing they didn’t splurge their funds on a player who has cost around £1 million per game.