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Simon Grayson - Sunderland need a win

Sunderland are desperate for home comforts. The Black Cats haven't won a league match at home since December last year. Simon Grayson's team have a chance to put an end to their rotten run on Wearside when they face Nottingham Forest on 12 September.

"It's been a gradual decline of results at home. So what we've got to do is try and do whatever's required, because before you know it, you win a game at home it can suddenly become a different place."

– Simon Grayson

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Sunderland boss Simon Grayson admits Snodgrass interest

Robert Snodgrass Credit: PA

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has admitted his interest in West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass.

The 29-year-old Scotland international has been told he can leave his current club just seven months after his arrival from Hull in a £10.2 million deal.

Grayson had revealed earlier this week that the Black Cats had missed out on a move for Bournemouth's Max Gradel despite reaching an agreement with the Cherries.

Asked if he was interest in Snodgrass, with whom he worked with at Leeds, Grayson told a press conference: "When people like him become available you would be foolish not to consider it.

"Again, that would be a deal dictated by finances. Can we do it? Who knows, but we might ask the question."

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Sunderland goalkeeper Mannone leaves club for Reading

Mannone has spent four seasons on Wearside

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has joined Sky Bet Championship side Reading.

The 29-year-old Italian has signed an three-year contract with the Royals.

Mannone joined Sunderland from Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and spent four seasons on Wearside.

During that time, he made a total of 80 appearances, including playing in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in 2014.

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