SUNDERLAND are keeping a close eye on developments in the Premier League’s loan market.
The Black Cats still have one domestic loan available this month, with Liverpool centre-half Sebastian Coates the only player to arrive on a temporary move from a fellow top flight club during the summer window.
Sunderland have been repeatedly linked with Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah, although the Egyptian winger looked to be on his way to Inter Milan last week prior to the Italian club signing Lukas Podolski on loan from Arsenal.
And the Black Cats have also been mentioned among a host of clubs credited with an interest in Spurs duo Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon, but the White Hart Lane outfit are understood to be looking to sell, rather than loan players out.
Head coach Gus Poyet admits a second domestic loan is a distinct possibility this month, although he warns that there is plenty of competition for those surplus to requirements from the Premier League’s heavyweights.
Poyet told the Echo: “We’ve got one Premier League loan still.
“I think sometimes it’s the easiest one to do, but the problem is the competition.
“Normally, if there’s one, everyone wants him.
“This transfer market is difficult this time.
“I’ve found it more relaxed, but difficult.”
Sunderland were close to signing Manchester City midfielder Bruno Zuculini on a six-month loan during the summer, before the move was scuppered by red tape.
City were willing to let Zuculini leave after signing him from Argentine club Racing Club, but under Financial Fair Play regulations, the champions were unable to let him join another Premier League club during the same window.
Zuculini ended up moving to La Liga outfit Valencia on loan, although there has been speculation in Spain that he could move to Getafe this month.
But Poyet believes the new FFP rules have made it tougher to bring in players from fellow top flight clubs – something Sunderland have enjoyed success with over recent years.
“There are too many new rules,” he added.
“That has made the whole situation different.
“If a top team is able to buy a player and they can only loan him abroad – like Zucculini went to Valencia – then we lose out on that player.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland will loan players out themselves this month, with several members of the Under-21 squad departing.
Centre-half Tom McNamee is expected to join non-league Boston on loan next week – following in a lengthy list of Sunderland youngsters to link up with the Pilgrims over the last year.
Goalkeeper Joel Dixon, currently on loan with Boston, is attracting interest from Conference side Alfreton Town, while defender David Ferguson is also on the verge of departing on loan.
And as the Echo reported last month, midfielder Connor Oliver is attracting interest from Blackpool, with the Championship basement boys expected to seal a move for the 20-year-old.