They all have their fingers crossed that the club don’t sign another Jozy Altidore-type player and who can blame them!
But Black Cats manager Gus Poyet is still trying to work his magic behind the scenes and according to The Telegraph, he wants to persuade his Uruguayan compatriot Cristian Rodriguez to join the ranks at the Stadium of Light.
The winger, who currently plays for Atletico Madrid, signalled that he wants to leave the Spanish giants following a season spent largely on the sidelines.
With Atleti bringing in Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann any day now too, Rodriguez is willing to concede that his spell in the Spanish capital is over.
Despite being crowned La Liga champions last term, the 28-year old has had a largely unsuccessful spell with the Spaniards having made just 14 league starts over two seasons.
Success in the pursuit of Rodríguez would be a confidence boost to the Mackems having already missed out on Swansea City defender Ashley Williams who decided to stay and sign a new contract with the Welsh side.
The permanent deal for Liverpool attacker Fabio Borini is also hanging in the balance but Poyet feels his national bond with Rodriguez will come to Sunderland’s advantage.
“I had a chat with people in Uruguay, who are obviously desperate for Rodríguez to come with us,” Poyet said.
“At the moment it’s a possibility, but it’s no more than that. He’s a player that I admire a lot because he’s got power, desire and experience playing with the top teams. He wants to play football, he’s desperate to be playing week-in, week-out.”
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