Date: 3rd February 2017 at 1:00am
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Sunderland failed in a deadline day bid to bring Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris to The Stadium of Light.

According to a report in The Chronicle reports in Portugal claimed that negotiations for the Greek internationalist continued late into Tuesday as David Moyes attempted to strengthen his squad.

Samaris would certainly have been a welcome addition to Sunderland’s bid to avoid relegation but with a fee of €20million mentioned it’s more likely that a loan deal was the best that could be offered.

Going into the transfer window Moyes voiced his concern that any business would have to be self generated- by the end of January Sunderland had shown a nice profit with the transfer of Patrick van Aanholt more than covering the arrivals of Everton duo Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo.

The failure to bring in a striker leaves the club even more reliant on Jemain Defoe even though a free agent like Robbie Keane could still be brought in.

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