Sam Allardyce reveals how close Sunderland are to first new signing

Adam Johnson in action against Aston Villa
Adam Johnson in action against Aston Villa

Sunderland's crucial win over Aston Villa hasn't changed Sam Allardyce's plans for the transfer window.

The Black Cats secured a vital 3-1 win over Remi Garde's doomed Villa side at the Stadium of Light, a win that pushes Sunderland to within four points of safety.

But with the transfer window now open, Allardyce is still desperate to bolster his ranks.

When asked if victory changed his belief that he needs to strengthen, Allardyce said: "If I can get a quality player that can make the difference I need to try my very best to get him."

Lamine Kone is expected to be the first of several new arrivals at Sunderland this month.

The Lorient centre-back is not the only fresh face that Allardyce is hoping to add early on in the window, with Sunderland understood to be lining up another two signings.

Pressed on how close to capturing their first signing of the window, he added: "Not just yet.

"We are trying."

Allardyce hails from Dudley, in the West Midlands, and he admitted it was a "shame" to see them struggling so badly.

But he insists his focus is fully on improving Sunderland and further closing the gap to safety.

Allardyce added: "Aston Villa are where they are, they are a fantastic club and I am a Midlands lad.

"They are a super club with a fantastic history.

"It is a shame to see that club in the position it is.

"But it is Sunderland I have to improve.

"With the window open, what can I achieve?"