Poyet confirms interest for Sunderland’s striking duo

INJURY WOE ... Steven Fletcher.
INJURY WOE ... Steven Fletcher.
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GUS POYET has confirmed Sunderland DID receive January enquiries for both Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore.

But the Sunderland boss says a complete lack of concrete bids for the two strikers left the Black Cats with no decision to make.

Fletcher was the subject of speculation linking him with a move away from Sunderland throughout the transfer window, while there was talk yesterday that Altidore was a loan target for PSV Eindhoven - rumours that the American’s agent, Lyle Yorks, said there was “no truth” in.

Poyet says there was interest in the pair, but has criticised would-be suitors for chancing their arms, rather than giving Sunderland anything in writing for the Black Cats to properly consider.

“You know what? I’ve got no problem with making offers,” Poyet told the Echo.

“I’ve got a problem with people calling and asking if players are available. I hate that.

“It’s impossible that I’m going to say someone, even for a player that is not playing, that they are ‘available’.

“The idea is if you want a player, make a proper offer between the two clubs.

“Then we will analyse it, you can see the options and get different opinions.

“We had plenty of enquiries from Jozy or Fletcher, but they were asking ‘are you thinking of selling?’ or ‘can we loan him?’

“What?”

Altidore at least produced a much-improved performance in Wednesday night’s 1-0 victory over Stoke City and Poyet was encouraged by the £6million frontman’s display.

Poyet added: “I think his performance was decent. If he had scored, it would have been a perfect day for him.

“The only thing he missed was that one-on-one chance.

“He needs to understand what is needed weekly and when, and the type of actions he needs to make to bring the rest of the team into it.

“The full package needs to come together and the other day, Jozy was close to that.”