Matt Besler has stunned Sunderland manager Gus Poyet by rejecting a transfer to the Premier League side.
World Cup Star
Besler, who starred for the USA at the World Cup, has decided to stay in Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas City, instead of making a move across the Atlantic to the biggest league in world football.
Rather than joining the North East side, Besler has signed a Designated Player contract with Kansas that will see him net a massive boost in wages.
Kansas Born and Bred
The 27-year old centre back is a Kansas native, and was taken in the 1st round of the 2009 draft by SKC after impressing for Notre Dame university.
He has 21 caps for the USA and was a key part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans, drawing rave reviews for his performance in Brazil that led to Sunderland’s interest.
Poyet will have to turn his attention to another centre half after being snubbed by Besler, but the bad news keeps coming for the Black Cats who could also miss out on Liverpool striker Fabio Borini who could well reject Sunderland as well, in order to fight for his place with Brendan Rodgers' side.
Tottenham defender Danny Rose is rumoured to be another target for Poyet, who could face competition from QPR and Hull for the left back's services.