Sunderland Transfers: Borini, Van Dijk, Richards Deals Dead

More snubs for the Black Cats.

Despite having done a lot of business to improve the squad depth at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland have not had a very good transfer window so far. The signing of Jack Rodwell aside, the club have seemingly missed out on most of their top targets, and been forced to move on to others on the list. The same looks likely to happen on the final day of the transfer window, as news quickly broke that potential moves for Virgil Van Dijk of Celtic and Micah Richards were dead in the water, with the latter joining Fiorentina, and the former going nowhere. As an alternative, Liverpool's reserve centre-back Sebastian Coates is expected at Sunderland for a medical ahead of a loan move for the rest of the season. And that in itself suggests another potential deal is dead. The loan signing of Coates would have serious implications as they can only complete one loan deal with another Premier League side, and that would mean the end of the protracted transfer saga for Fabio Borini. Sunderland had initially had a £14m offer accepted by Liverpool, but the player stalled on offering his acceptance, and Sunderland were forced to take the bid off the table and offer a season-long loan instead. With Coates incoming, that would be impossible, and it looks like Borini might be on his way to Inter Milan instead on loan. How can Sunderland deal with these blows? Should Borini have come in to Sunderland? Share your thoughts below in the comments thread.
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