Ex-Newcastle keeper Steve Harper expects Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat to be rewarded with ‘money to spend’

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Easington-born former Hull and Newcastle keeper Steve Harper believes Sunderland will be active in the transfer market this summer.

Dick Advocaat’s U-turn to stay on as head coach is evidence that the club will spend big, believes the 40-year-old, who left the Tigers at the end of last season.

Sunderland have probably got money to spend to bring some players in and move forward

Steve Harper

“Part of Advocaat staying was that he wanted money to spend,” Harper said.

“He put himself in a great position with the job he did last year, so I’m sure someone of his age and experience wouldn’t be there if he hadn’t been given some assurances.

“Sunderland have probably got money to spend to bring some players in and move forward.”

Harper, who has had three offers to continue his career in India, spent 20 years at Newcastle and hopes that the Magpies’ owner, Mike Ashley, backs new boss Steve McClaren with transfer funds.

“He needs backing, first of all,” said Harper, who joined the Tynesiders from Seaham Red Star in 1993.

“Last year obviously John Carver was in there and I think with the squad available to him, it was very tough for him. They need to spend some money, and by all accounts they are going to.

“He’s a good football coach, but he (McClaren) needs money to spend.

“Hopefully he can assemble a good staff and the owner and board give him some money to spend.”