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Poyet predicts Sunderland departures

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By Joe Haining

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is expecting a trio of outgoing moves before the transfer window closes next week, according to Sky Sports.

Gus Poyet

Poyet believes that Modibo Diakité, Danny Graham and Cabral are all on the verge of passing through the exit door at the Stadium of Light.

French defender Diakité began his career in Italy in spells with Pescara and Lazio before joining Sunderland on a free transfer last summer. However, he only managed eight appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats, and was sent back to Italy on loan, spending the second half of last season with Fiorentina.

“Diakité has got 10 options,” said Poyet, commenting on further reported interest from the peninsula from clubs including Fiorentina, Palermo, Sampdoria and Internazionale. “The problem is managing them because he has got his priorities as well.”

Cape Verde international Cabral, whose full name is Adilson Tavares Varela, also moved to Wearside on a free transfer last summer, arriving from FC Basle. Like Diakité, he too failed to crack the Sunderland first team, making just two appearances before being shipped out on loan to Genoa for the second half of last season. He is reportedly hoping to stay in England.

Striker Graham joined Sunderland from Swansea City for £5 million during the January 2013 transfer window, but as a self-confessed Newcastle United fan he struggled to win over the Black Cats supporters, and failed to find the net in 13 appearances.

He spent the whole of last season out on loan, first with Hull City, then with his former club Middlesbrough. Boro are reportedly interested in taking Graham back again, along with fellow Championship sides Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford.

“I think we’re getting close to moving them on because of the transfer window,” said Poyet, commenting on their professionalism at this difficult time. “I have to give them credit. We were very close to finding a solution for them (Diakite and Cabral) before we went to Portugal for pre-season - and Danny as well. That was why they didn’t travel.”

Any transfer business must be concluded by 31 August, when the transfer window closes until January.

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