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Sunderland drew with Southampton 1-1 in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Emanuele Giaccherini gave the Black Cats an early lead but late on Jose Fonte poked the ball past Westwood to give the Saints a point.

There was a shocking change in the Sunderland side as Craig Gardner replaced the ever-promising Cabral in the centre of midfield and it appeared to be the big decider.

Moment of madness or moment of Genius?

The game got off to a flyer for Sunderland as from an early corner, sent in by Sebastian Larsson, Giaccherini leaned down low to twist his header in.

Though the dream start for Paolo Di Canio was nearly wiped away instantly, The Saints sent a teasing ball through which, ‘man-of-the-moment’, Ricky Lambert tapped in. Unfortunately for the England international, it was ruled out for offside.

The game started to get very messy and both teams started to lose shape with both sides struggling to get a stronghold of the possession.

Though it was Southampton that started to turn the heat up as they searched for their equaliser and if not for a great save from Keiren Westwood, they would have had it with Lambert coming in with a superb headed effort.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s pressure was matched by Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore who kept squirming in and around the home side’s box.

The game started to get tasty after that with radical challenges coming in from everywhere and in the space of five minutes, three yellow cards were produced.

Even Craig Gardner managed to get his infamous disciplinary record marked further and only half-an-hour of his season had taken place.

Going into added-time at the end of the first half all seemed calm and as it had been for the past 10 minutes, though a late penalty appeal for Southampton caused concern for many.

However Lee Mason waved it away and it appeared the correct decision.

Both managers were not impressed at half-time and you could see this when they both made changes at the break.

Ji entered the game for Di Canio’s side while Pochettino brought on Nathaniel Clyne and record signing Dani Osvaldo.

The changes seemed to create a sort of urgency for the south-coast side as they started to pile the pressure on the Sunderland defence.

The increased pressure almost paid off for the Saints but Jay Rodriguez could only header it straight into the arms of Westwood, and then Lambert had a shot well saved by the Irish international.

Southampton didn’t stop in their efforts to get their equaliser and Sunderland could not get a hold of the ball in any shape of form.

Then in the 88th minute their efforts and determination payed off as from a free-kick, which didn’t look very dangerous, the ball was poked in by Jose Fonte.

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It’s that time of year again. The January transfer window is open for business and all 20 Premier League sides are looking to strengthen.

As with every season motives are different. Some clubs are trying to stave off relegation, others advance their lot by pushing for Europe. The title race and four Champions League spot remain as wide open as they have in years at the top.

Some managers are known to dislike the winter window, but love it or hate it only the brave or foolish ignore it. Certain teams desperately require strengthening to realize their ambitions and others need to have a quiet month, ensuring they hang on to their prized assets.

Players seeking moves may have extra motivation to do so this January as we are now in a World Cup year. Competition to make the plane to Brazil will be cut-throat for many of the 32 countries involved in the greatest sporting show on earth.

National coaches want their players getting regular football in the run-up to the World Cup. That can cause crazy winter gambles by outsiders to force their way back into the fold in time for June.

All these considerations have been weighed up by the WhatCulture sports team. So, for your delectation we have gone through all 20 English top flight teams, assessed what they need, who they have been linked with and who we would like see join them. We proceed alphabetically, so click next to start with Arsenal.

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tom huddlestone

Tom Huddlestone will arrive on Wearside for talks with Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio after the Black Cats agreed a 5 million fee with Tottenham Hotspur for the player’s services, according to the Evening Standard.

Di Canio though will have to convince Huddlestone to take a wage cut of 5,000 a week (dropping from 40k to 35k) to come to the Staidum of Light and there could be concerns that a major ankle injury suffered two years ago and that has caused problems for the player since, could hamper the chances of him passing a medical.

The 26-year-old midfielder only made 14 league appearances for Spurs last season and will likely be itching to play regular Premier League football after a lack a opportunities in Andre Villas-boas’s side. New Spurs signing Paulinho has added considerable competition in Tottenham’s central midfield that already included Scott Parker, Jake Livermore, Sandro and January’s new signing, Lewis Holtby. A move for Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen is also muted.

The White Hart Lane club made Huddlestone available for transfer earlier in the summer but despite interest from other clubs, namely Fulham, it’s only Sunderland who have met Tottenham’s asking price.

A move to the North East may boost Huddlestone’s chances of an England call-up, something he has only had one of in the last three years. With the World Cup looming over every England player this summer, he’ll want to make a good impression for boss Roy Hodgson in as many domestic games as possible, and at Sunderland he would likely be on the team-sheet for every match.

Sunderland head coach, Paolo Di Canio, hopes to improve and boost his midfield after poor displays from that area of the pitch in the previous term.

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peter odemwingie

Sky Sports have reported that Sunderland are among five Premier League clubs interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker, Peter Odemwingie.

The 32-year-old has been prolific so far for The Baggies, but he is said to be pushing for a move after his infamous trip to Loftus Road back in January when he tried to force through a transfer to Queens Park Rangers.

West Brom look set to cash in on him while they still can with a bid of 1.5 million seemingly enough to start negotiations off.

The Black Cats have recently brought in U.S. Mens National Team star Jozy Altidore to pep up their attack, but it is understood they are looking now for players with Premier League experience. The Nigerian fits the bill scoring 30 goals in 87 games Premier League for West Brom.

The midlands club have yet to secure the striker’s future with only one year to run on his contract so renewal looks unlikely.

Hull City, West Ham United, Fulham and Crystal Palace are all also said to be interested in signing Odemwingie

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