Sport Gus Poyet hit out at Stoke’s interest in Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher

The Potters are reportedly interested in two of their opponents players

Dean Whitehead has joined Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough snap up Dean Whitehead on a free transfer after Stoke exit

Midfielder signs on a two-year deal after four-year spell at the Brittania

Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland have agreed to sign defender Benjamin Mendy according to his current club Le Havre

Ligue 1 club's president announces that deal is place with Black Cats for transfer of the 18-year-old

Mignolet, 25, has been in fine form for Sunderland, attracting the attention of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson

Simon Mignolet signs for Liverpool: Factfile

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland. The 25-year-old Belgium international has signed a long-term contract, having passed a medical, after the Reds agreed a fee with Sunderland on Friday which could rise to £11million-plus.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Titus Bramble tells Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio he 'has a lot to learn'

Defender says working under the Italian was 'strange'

Ahmed Elmohamady

Hull hopeful of completing deal for Sunderland midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady

The Egyptian spent last season on loan at the KC Stadium

Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon to leave Sunderland

Di Canio to overhaul squad he inherited from Martin O'Neill with six or seven summer additions

Paolo Di Canio, left, and Andre Villas Boas, right, urge on their teams from the touchline yesterday
Connor Wickham

Justify your price tag or else, Paolo Di Canio warns £10m Sunderland 'Playboy' Connor Wickham

Striker told to stop wearing 'small t-shirts'

James Ward-Prowse celebrates following Jason Puncheon's equaliser but neither team is safe from relegation

Sunderland 1 Southampton 1 match report: Sunderland prolong the agony, leaving Paulo Di Canio with plenty to ponder with relegation still a possibility

Draw means both sides not mathematically safe but have hit 'crucial' 40-point tally

Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland host Stoke tonight in a crucial game for his club

Di Canio: Danny Graham was not fit to play in the league when I arrived at Sunderland

Sunderland manager remains confident his striker will score before the season is out

Right carry-on: The TUC do not want to be linked with Di Canio

Premier League: Sunderland v Stoke match preview

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will contest the Champions League final
Danny Rose in action for Sunderland

Andre Villas-Boas keen for Danny Rose to return to Tottenham after Sunderland loan

The full-back has spent the season on Wearside

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Premier League: Sunderland v Everton match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

Steven Fletcher scored twice more for Sunderland on Saturday

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher undergoes surgery

£12m signing will not play again this season

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