The Premier League season is rapidly drawing to a close, with Sunderland's top flight status still in jeopardy. It's a sentence the fans have heard countless times before, but regardless of which league they'll be in next season, you can guarantee transfer drama on Wearside. With very little to get excited about during each season, the transfer window is a brief respite for the locals who get to spend their summer fantasising about securing top class talent that could fire them to some form of glory. No matter how significant or obscure the deal is, fans agonise over every transfer that goes through, and mourn the death of some broken-down transfers. There was the obsessive #PeruzziWatch which saw fans explore cyberspace to track down Argentinian full-back Gino Peruzzi's plane and monitor its progress. He was eventually spotted at the Marriott Hotel but the deal didn't happen. There was also a tense wait for confirmation that then-England star and Premier League champion Adam Johnson and talisman Steven Fletcher, with a slight delay sending Twitter into chaotic meltdown, and who can forget Darren Bent's infamous social media rant at Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, and the equally acrimonious reaction to his shock departure. Transfer windows offer a morsel of hope in the bleakest of situations, but while some coups have been pulled off by the club in recent years, some transfer rumours accredited to Sunderland have simply been off-the-wall insane. Here is a rundown of some of the most staggering, baffling, and ultimately ridiculous transfer rumours that have surfaced about Sunderland AFC.
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