SUNDERLAND’S considerations in the final 48 hours of the transfer window will change, depending on whether a loan or permanent target is in their sights.
The Black Cats are still looking to make two or three further additions to their squad before Monday’s 11pm deadline after already bringing seven players to the Stadium of Light this summer.
Sporting director Lee Congerton is predominantly looking at loan signings to bolster Sunderland’s squad, with Inter Milan’s Ricky Alvarez and Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld both possibilities, with the former getting closer to joining the Black Cats.
But, despite Sunderland spending the bulk of their transfer budget, the club are keeping an open mind on permanent additions who are available and offer value for money.
Head coach Gus Poyet admits that there are different factors to weigh up though, depending on the nature of the deal.
Poyet told the Football Echo: “If you’re going to buy a player and spend money, you need to look at the price and if he’s the right player for the next three or four years.
“But then if it’s a loan, it’s a totally different situation.
“With a loan, sometimes players just want to go to a place where they are going to play.
“And then some players make the decision to come and others don’t want to.”
Sunderland are also hoping to make further sales before the window shuts, albeit they are able to send players to the Football League when the emergency loan window opens.
Poyet does not envisage offloading any of his key figures, albeit the Sunderland boss is realistic enough to know he cannot predict whether other clubs will make late approaches after the Black Cats gave serious consideration to Stoke’s £5million bid for Lee Cattermole on January deadline day.
But out-of-favour pair Modibo Diakite and Cabral are both close to sealing their Sunderland exits, while Poyet also expects Danny Graham to depart before Monday.
French side Stade de Reims have made an enquiry for defender Valentin Roberge too, although they will need to make a sufficiently hefty offer for Sunderland to be able to sign a replacement.
Poyet says those players who could depart have a clear understanding of their place in the pecking order and they are keen to feature regularly too after limited opportunities at Sunderland.
“The players know where they are standing. There’s no doubts,” he added.
“I know people think it’s about money. But that’s only for a little while.
“After a few months, players want to play as well and they want to search for a place they are going to play.”
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