Sunderland boss Roy Keane yesterday officially released eight players in Andy Cole, Ian Harte, Stanislav Varga, Stephen Wright and academy graduates Jack Pelter, Gavin Donoghue, Billy Dennehy and Jake Richardson.
We’ve already been linked with Cole and as I said on Tuesday if he could be persuaded to move from his north-west base and didn’t cost the earth I think he’d be a good signing.
There was also talk a while back that Glenn Roeder was interested in Ian Harte. For some reason I always think of Harte as being a lot older than 30 (thanks Wikipedia), and I think he could give Adam Drury a real run for his money at left back. He’d also give us another option (an option would be nice) from set-pieces as well.
Varga, at 35, is an experienced and towering 6ft 4in centre half – and lord knows we could with a couple of those – could he be the sort of experienced player Roeder is looking for? The rather large fly in the ointment is that the Slovakian finished the season on loan at Burnley, so if he is going to go anywhere you’d have to think they’d be up there.
Stephen Wright could also be a decent signing and could give Jon Otsemobor something to think about at right back. Although I think he’d do a good job, I’d expect to stay in the Premier League – with new-boys Stoke and Hull already being linked with his signature.
We’ll all just have to wait and see won’t we?