Cabral unlikely to leave Sunderland before deadline

Cabral
Cabral

OUT-OF-FAVOUR Sunderland midfielder Cabral is unlikely to leave the Stadium of Light before tonight’s transfer deadline.

Sunderland have been eager to offload Cabral throughout the summer after the 25-year-old has not featured for the first-team since August 2013.

There has been interest in Cabral from Russia, while the player himself has been eager to join a Championship outfit.

But Cabral’s agent, Walter Fernandez, told the Echo this morning that there was nothing sufficiently advanced to suggest that the former FC Basel man would depart before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

“I think he will stay at Sunderland,” said Fernandez.

“You can never say never and there is always a possibility of a late move, but the interest in him is not that far advanced for him to go today.”

Cabral could still leave Sunderland after the transfer window shuts, when the emergency loan window opens up for Football League clubs.

Sunderland are also looking to offload Danny Graham and Modibo Diakite, with the latter thought to be closer to the exit door.

There is a possibility that Sunderland could sell defender Valentin Roberge too, if they receive an attractive offer from French side Stade de Reims.

But the bid would need to be sufficiently hefty to enable Sunderland to land a replacement.