Black Cats reject Fuller
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland have pulled the plug on their move for Ricardo Fuller.Sunderland have pulled the plug on their move for Portsmouth's Ricardo Fuller after the player failed a medical.
After missing out on Heidar Helguson, Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy turned his attention to Fuller.
However, Sunderland have decided against sealing a deal after being unimpressed by the medical reports on the Jamaican international.
The news came as a surprise to Pompey, as they feel Sunderland were well aware of the player's fitness.
"Ricardo failed his medical. Everyone knows he has got a knee problem and Sunderland knew that in advance," said Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie.
"We had structured a pay-as-you-play deal that was the same kind of deal as he had here.
"His knee might need an operation at some stage, but it could be next week or it could be in the next five years. Everyone knew that was the case.
"It is surprising that this has happened after Sunderland knew the facts anyway. It is frustrating, especially for Ricardo.
"I am sure someone will take him because he has proved with us that his knee is okay, because he appeared in more games for us last season than almost anyone."
Sunderland are now expected to make a renewed bid for Wolves striker Kenny Miller.