Dick Advocaat and Ellis Short to hold transfer talks next week

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Dick Advocaat will hold talks with Ellis Short on Monday over Sunderland’s business in the remainder of the transfer window.

Sunderland have brought in four players so far this summer, with this week’s double capture of Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul taking the club’s spending past the £15million mark.

I’ve discussed it with him before about what is possible and what is not possible, but we will talk again.

Dick Advocaat

However, after bringing in three defenders, Sunderland are still in need of reinforcements in the final third to boost an attack which boasted the second worst goals return in the Premier League last season.

A creative midfielder and a striker are thought to be at the top of Advocaat’s wish-list.

But the head coach will hold a fresh round of talks with Sunderland chairman Short next week to see what funds remain available to boost the squad.

Advocaat told the Echo: “We have to speak with the chairman on Monday.

“I’ve discussed it with him before about what is possible and what is not possible, but we will talk again.

“In that way, we have to be realistic.

“I hope that we can still do something. If not, okay.”

Prior to the signings of Dutch international winger Lens and ex-Spurs centre-half Kaboul, Advocaat had confirmed he was looking for a further three or four players in this window.

He remains consistent in that number; claiming he is looking for another one or two signings.

But Advocaat is pleased with the business Sunderland have done so far this summer, with Lens, Kaboul, Adam Matthews and Sebastian Coates all added to the squad.

When asked how many more players he was looking for, Advocaat said: “We have to discuss that; one or two if it is possible.

“We have to be realistic. I’m very happy with the president and what he’s done so far.

“We’ve brought in four good players.

“We know we cannot buy the most expensive players, but we’ve brought some good players.

“Coates did really well in the last part of the season, Kaboul is a winner and we need that as well.

“And Lens can play left, right, up front, go past players and score goals.”