Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet turned down the chance to sign Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan deal last summer, according to a surprise report in the Sunderland Echo.
The Uruguayan coach – who was relieved of his duties at the Stadium of Light on Monday – blocked the Black Cats’ attempt to lure the Nigeria international to Wearside, despite the fact his side are crying out for a wide-man.
Instead, Moses moved to the Britannia Stadium to join Stoke City on a temporary deal, where he’s gone on to impress after scoring four goals in 22 appearances for Mark Hughes’s side.
The attacking threat that the Blues outcast can cause would surely have benefitted Sunderland during their season of struggle, so it seems strange that Poyet rejected the opportunity to take the fleet-footed forward for the duration of the 2014/15 campaign.
Instead, the former Brighton & Hove Albion boss focused his attention on the pursuit of Italian forward Fabio Borini, who spent the second half of last season on loan in the North East from Liverpool.