Sunderland won’t make signings for the sake of it

NO EXCUSES ... Gus Poyet.
NO EXCUSES ... Gus Poyet.

GUS Poyet has promised not to repeat the mistakes of Sunderland’s recent past, when a flood of new signings failed to feature in the first team.

Half-way through the January transfer window and the Black Cats’ boss has made just one signing so far - Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso on loan for the rest of the season.

Estudiantes centre-half Santiago Vergini is in England and is believed to be close to a deal while Sunderland have also been strongly linked with interest in Argentine attacker Nacho Scocco and goalkeeper Mariano Andujar and Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

But Poyet says that while he is hopeful of progress in the transfer market in the next few days, he will not be looking to bring in bodies this January just to freshen up the squad.

“What I think it is it important to stress, is that we will not bring in players for the sake of it,” he said. “I promise you that.

“We are not going to get in someone just because we think they might come in useful at some stage.

“Whoever comes in, there have to be clear reasons for him coming in.

“I have brought in Marcos Alonso in for a reason – to improve and change the way we play, to give us an option I felt we needed.

“And it will be the same for anyone else who comes in – they will have a clear and obvious purpose.”

Last summer, Sunderland attracted headlines for bringing in 14 new signings.

As well as being an eye-watering number of players to bring in in the one window, there was also the fact that only one of them – teenager Duncan Watmore – was British.

Of the 14, only Ki Sung-Yueng, Vito Mannone, Emanuele Giaccherini and Jozy Altidore have made claims for regular first-team football.

And Poyet, who has already pointed out that he is looking home, as well as abroad, for new signings says he has will not be recruiting anyone this month who will not be an immediate part of Sunderland’s battle to avoid relegation.

“I think it is important that I will not be bringing in players for the sake of it and I don’t mind repeating that, he said.

“We are clear in terms of what we want to do; how far we can go, and we understand that if it is not possible, then it is no problem, we move on.

“I’m the one who is in charge of who we bring in or don’t – I get the say – and I’m happy about that.

“But we are looking at bringing players in and anything can happen at any moment. We have identified our targets, worked hard on them and now we just have to wait and see.

“I think though that the market is ready to move now, not a great deal has happened so far.”