Keano not worried by transfer failure

Sunderland boss Roy Keane isn´t going to push the panic button despite seeing defender Chris Baird opt to join Fulham.

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The 25-year-old Southampton full-back completed a £3.025million to Craven Cottage after being heavily linked with the Black Cats over the weekend. 

Baird's decision saw another of Keane's transfer targets slip through the net, following in the wake of the likes of Diego Forlan, David Nugent, Jermain Defoe and Jussi Jasskelainen, with Wigan and Hearts so far resisting the club's approaches for Leighton Baines and Craig Gordon respectively.

However, Keane, who earlier this week urged the club's supporters to "chill out" as he goes about his business, is unlikely to be deflected either by the setbacks or the furore created by his approach for Cardiff City´s Michael Chopra. 

The 23-year-old Cardiff frontman was due to arrive on Wearside yesterday for a medical after flying in from his current club's pre-season training camp in Portugal. 

Chopra started his career at St James' Park and famously scored against the Black Cats within seconds of his introduction as a substitute in a 4-1 win for the visitors two seasons ago. 

He was also on target twice for Cardiff as they won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light during the last campaign, and his celebrations did not go down well with the red and white faithful. 

However, former Sunderland defender Bob Moncur, who spent 14 years at Newcastle before moving to Roker Park in 1974, is confident that once the goals start flowing – he scored 22 for the Bluebirds last season – Chopra will be accepted. 

He said: "The most important thing for Michael Chopra is that he goes there and does a good job and scores goals. 

"He will be under that little bit more extra pressure than a normal player who has come from another club.