Brighton striker Ulloa shrugs off Sunderland link

Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 10, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Brighton. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 10, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Brighton. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

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BRIGHTON striker Leo Ulloa has shrugged off suggestions that he could be a target for new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.

Black Cats head coach Poyet was immediately linked with a raid on former club Brighton for striker Ulloa and midfielder Liam Bridcutt after being installed at the Stadium of Light last week.

But Argentine Ulloa, currently sidelined with a broken metatarsal, insists he is happy at Brighton after only arriving at the Amex Stadium in January.

“I’ve already said if Gustavo is at Sunderland or any other club, it’s a fact that I’m here,” said Ulloa, who has netted 13 goals in 23 Championship starts.

“I’m fine, I’m happy here, my family are happy in the city.

“Nothing has changed this week since last week, when Gustavo wasn’t head coach at Sunderland.”

Poyet is not expected to have a transfer windfall at his disposal in the January window after Sunderland were mindful of balancing the books with their summer spending.

And the Uruguayan told the Echo on Saturday, that the possibility of strengthening the squad in January had not even entered his discussions with Sunderland owner Ellis Short when he agreed to take charge of the Black Cats.

“To be honest, we didn’t talk about funds for team strengthening before I came here,” said Poyet.

“My idea is to assess the players that are here and make sure I check them properly – which ones are down, which ones want to be here and which ones can help me.

“I will learn things this way.

“And then, depending on what I see in the next month or two, I will talk to the owner.

“But I don’t think we can start talking too much before then.

“At the moment, it’s not something I’m even thinking about.”