SUNDERLAND are braced for a busy transfer deadline day with clubs circling for a number of their players.
And Gus Poyet is confident that several will be heading out of the exit door at the Stadium of Light before the January transfer window snaps shut at 11pm tonight.
“I do not want to talk about individual players because I don’t think that is right and I won’t put things in the papers like some other clubs have,” he said.
“But I’m sure that there will be players leaving before the transfer window closes. How many?
“We will have to wait and see.”
Sunderland have brought in four new signings so far – Marcos Alonso, Santiago Vergini, Oscar Ustari and Ignacio Scocco – and are about to make a fifth, with Brighton’s Liam Bridcutt expected to complete a £2.5m move to the the Stadium of Light today.
And the club is now looking to balance the squad out with departures, with several moves understood to be close.
Ji Dong-won has already left the club permanently, joining Augsburg, while Cabral has moved to Genoa on loan for the rest of the season.
Last night the clear-out continued when Alfred N’Diaye sealed his loan move to Real Betis, a move which is like to signal a permanent switch to the La Liga club in the summer.
The fates of two other Sunderland loanees – David Vaughan at Nottingham Forest and Danny Graham at Hull City – are also set be decided today.
Nottingham Forest are expected to hand over a small fee to make Vaughan a permanent member of the City Ground staff – the Welsh midfielder out-of-contract at Sunderland this summer.
And Danny Graham could be joining his former team-mate, with Forest battling it out with Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers, to take him on loan from Hull City for the remainder of the campaign.
Meanwhile former Lazio centre-half Modibo Diakite is expected to make a transfer-deadline day move to Fiorentina with talks understood to be already well advanced. It would be a surprise if the big defender was still at the Academy tomorrow.
Elsewhere there could be late bids for Cattermole from Stoke City, and from Fulham for Phil Bardsley but the Black Cats are braced to resist those moves.
No final decision has been taken on Connor Wickham but there is every chance he will be allowed to go out on loan again, with Sheffield Wednesday favourites to welcome back.
And finally, exciting young attacker Duncan Watmore is expected to go out on loan with a host of Championship and several Scottish clubs registering an interest.