Sunderland transfer news: Completed summer deals, including Patrick van Aanholt and Jordi Gomez - Transfers - Football - The Independent

Sunderland transfer news: Completed summer deals, including Patrick van Aanholt and Jordi Gomez

A look at the players who have arrived at the Stadium of Light this summer and those who have departed

Sunderland struggled a bit last season to keep consistently good performances going throughout the season, meaning they finished 14th, five points off the drop zone.

The upcoming season is likely to be another battle for survival for the Blackcats but if Gus Poyet can get them playing, it might not be as frustrating as last term.

COMPLETED TRANSFERS

Billy Jones - Free from West Brom

Sunderland's first summer signing was that of West Brom defender, Jones. The 27-year-old turned down a contract at the Hawthorns before joining the Blackcats. Jones has been a consistently good performer in the Premier League since 2011 but did have his season cut short last year due to injury.

Jordi Gomez - Free from Wigan

After a season of mixed emotions with Wigan last year, Gomez has returned to the top flight. He was voted Wigan's Player-of-the-Year last season but lost in both the play-off and FA Cup semi-finals. The Spaniard was part of the Latics' FA Cup winning side in 2013. The 29-year-old is a useful player able to play in several positions.

Costel Pantilimon - Free from Manchester City

Pantilimon and City parted ways earlier this summer but the Romanian was snapped up quick by Poyet. The 27-year-old, 6ft 8in goalkeeper made seven appearances for the champions last year while Joe Hart was out of form. He started in goal for City's 3-1 League Cup victory over Sunderland.

Patrick van Aanholt - Undisclosed from Chelsea

The 23-year-old had hoped for a chance at Chelsea when Ashley Cole left, but when Felipe Luis arrive, Van Aanholt knew his time was up. Spent the last two and a half seasons at Vitesse Arnhem. Signed a four-year deal.

Jack Rodwell - £10 million from Manchester City

It's hard to believe it was only three or so years ago when Rodwell was seen as the coming force amongst young English midfielders. Two seasons at Manchester City brought just 16 appearances as the former Everton man struggled desperately with injury. If he can stay clear of the treatment table, Sunderland will have made a shrewd move.

Will Buckley - £2.5m from Brighton

Gus Poyet had been pursuing the player he worked with at Brighton for much of the summer before capturing the winger in a £2.5m deal. The 24-year-old agreed a three-year deal.

Santiago Vergini - Loan from Estudiantes

Having spent the second half of last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland brought the defender back for another loan spell.

EXITS

Jack Colback - Free to Newcastle

Craig Gardner - Free to West Brom

Phil Bardsley - Free to Stoke

Billy Knott - Free to Bradford

Keiren Westwood - Free to Sheffield Wednesday

Oscar Ustari - Free to Newell’s

John Egan - Free to Gillingham

Carlos Cuellar, Jordan Laidler Andrea Dossena, Louis Laing, David Vaughan - Released

Ignacio Scocco - £2.1m ro Newell's Old Boys

Jordan Pickford - Loan to Bradford

El-Hadji Ba - Loan to Bastia

Joel Dixon - Loan to Hartlepool

Scott Harrison - Loan to Hartlepool

David Moberg Karlsson - Undisclosed to FC Nordsjaelland

Craig Lynch - Free to Rochdale

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