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Mateo Bajamich has chosen the MLS over Sunderland and could be unveiled as a Houston Dynamo player this week, according to the Northern Echo.

If the Black Cats hoped to make a statement in their first game of the new campaign on Saturday, it’s fair to say the performance against Bristol Rovers wasn’t what the doctor ordered.

Since dropping into the third tier three years ago, Sunderland have thrown away countless points at the Stadium of Light – particularly against mid-table opposition.

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And those long-suffering fans would have undergone a vivid case of déjà vu when Bristol Rovers took the lead early on, with Chris Maguire’s late equaliser meaning the new season started with a familiar scoreline – 1-1 at home.

Just to rub salt into the wounds, a Sunderland side that once again looked sluggish in attack have now missed out on an “exciting” transfer target who Phil Parkinson felt would bring some much-needed pace to his underperforming forward line.

The Echo claims Sunderland made a £500,000 offer for Bajamich – one Argentine outfit Instituto were ready to accept.

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But Houston Dynamo blew the Black Cats out of the water with a deal that could reach up to £1 million.

What’s more, Bajamich has now made it clear he would rather hone his talents under the Texan sun than spend the winter months shivering on Wearside.

“He is one of many players who came to our attention. He is exciting, has pace and can go past people,” Parkinson told the Chronicle of a 21-year-old who scored nine goals last season.

Fortunately, there are still three weeks remaining until the window closes and, as Parkinson himself says, Sunderland have alternative targets lined up.

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