Defoe set to be last Sunderland signing as Cats look at January sales

ON HIS WAY? ... Charis Mavrias.
ON HIS WAY? ... Charis Mavrias.

SUNDERLAND are looking at January sales, with no further arrivals expected during this transfer window.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet confirmed last week Jermain Defoe was likely to be the only fresh face at the Stadium of Light this month, with Sunderland understood to be close to the limits of the Financial Fair Play regulations.

Although Sunderland still have one domestic loan available, it will take a serious injury, an unexpected departure or a surprise opportunity in the transfer market for the club to make further signings.

But after Jozy Altidore ended his Sunderland career as part of the swap deal involving Defoe, there could be further departures in this window.

Cabral and Charis Mavrias – the latter featuring for the Under-21s in yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Norwich – were left out of the squad for the FA Cup third round win over Leeds and Premier League defeat to Liverpool earlier this month, despite a host of injuries.

Sunderland have already agreed to let Mavrias depart on loan this month, with interest from Panathinaikos and PAOK, while the Black Cats were unsuccessful in their attempts to offload Cabral during the summer.

But with neither player making a Premier League appearance during Poyet’s reign, Sunderland are working to find regular first-team football for the pair.

Poyet told SportsMail: “It depends on the individual and the demand. It’s not easy.

“That’s the moment when you need to make a decision in your career. Do you sign a new contract or wait? That’s you. With Harry and Cabral, there’s been a little bit of interest, but not a lot. And time goes past.

“You don’t know when it’s enough, but those are the decisions they need to make.

“The options are at a different level and sometimes it’s difficult to accept that and then restart. But things need to happen. We’re working on it. We’re working on the happiness for everybody.”

Mavrias and Cabral may not be the only departures.

While Danny Graham has featured from the bench in the last two games, the £5million striker could return to the Championship on loan if Sunderland receive an attractive offer.

Meanwhile, there has been loan interest in their former Under-21 team-mate Liam Agnew, who travelled with the first-team squad for last weekend’s defeat at Spurs.