Dick Advocaat has confirmed he is still on the lookout for a couple of additions to the Sunderland squad, despite this week’s addition of Yann M’Vila.
French international midfielder M’Vila, who is unlikely to feature in Sunderland’s opening day trip to Leicester tomorrow, became the fifth arrival of the summer at the Stadium of Light after agreeing to a season-long loan deal from Russian outfit Ruben Kazan.
But Sunderland’s lack of firepower remains a major concern, with Advocaat understand to be still keen on adding an attacking midfielder and a new striker to the squad.
Sunderland thought they had solved the midfield void when they agreed a loan deal for QPR’s Leroy Fer, only for the Dutch international to fail a medical.
And as the Echo revealed earlier this week, Sunderland are also in talks with Manchester United over a loan switch for Adnan Januzaj.
Advocaat has been delighted by the work already done by sporting director Lee Congerton this summer, but hopes Sunderland can add a couple of further recruits who will instantly improve the starting XI.
“We’ve brought some players in, but we still hope at the end of the transfer window, to have one or two more,” said Advocaat today.
“I don’t want to discuss positions, but we still need one or two players for the team, not for the bench.
“I still have concerns although Lee Congerton has done a great job to bring in (Sebastian) Coates for £2m, (Younes) Kaboul for £3m, (Yann) M’Vila for nothing and (Adam) Matthews for £2m.
“But normally if you bring in players for that money, they are bench players.
“For me, they have to play (in the starting XI).
“The only player we’ve brought in for big money is (Jeremain) Lens.
“But I’m not complaining.
“We know what the situation is, and we are stronger than last season, there’s no doubt about that, although we still need one or two to help us a little bit.”