Oper fumes at Black Cats
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andres Oper has been left bewildered after Sunderland pulled out of a deal for him.Andres Oper has been left bewildered after Sunderland pulled out of a deal to sign him.
The Estonian striker had a trial with The Black Cats and even had a medical at The Stadium of Light after training with the squad.
However, after turning up to sign a contract he was told he was not wanted by Mick McCarthy's side, and he has been left wondering why.
"I was surprised and shocked at what happened," said Oper's representative Tarmo Lehiste.
"Everything had been agreed and only small details were left.
"I took Andres there to sign a contract and he was happy to train and then spend three hours having the medical.
"We could not understand it when we were told there was no deal."
One reason for Oper's loss could be because McCarthy is pressing ahead with his move for Sheffield United marksman Andy Gray.
Gray was top scorer for The Blades last term but now seems certain to step up to The Premiership with Sunderland as Neil Warnock expects the deal to be done in the next few days.
"Sunderland made us an offer and we've faxed them back," said Warnock.
"It should be sorted in the next day or so."