After all that twittering and dithering, Darren Bent lands up in Sunderland for £14m. He is undergoing a medical.
Steve Bruce's signings have proven prudent with Lorik Cana, the highly rated holding medio from Marseilles, striker Fraizer Campbell, a standout from the Man Utd youth ranks, and Toluca's longtime defensive leader Paolo da Silva.
Sunderland might very well be a surprise. They could finish in the top ten this season.