Sunderland chairman Ellis Short gives backing to Dick Advocaat in transfer market

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Sunderland have clarified their transfer targets after a meeting with chairman Ellis Short, Dick Advocaat has revealed.

The Black Cats have so far brought in two fresh faces this summer, with centre-half Sebastian Coates returning to the Stadium of Light on a permanent basis and full-back Adam Matthews joining in a £2million move from Celtic.

Hopefully we can do that and bring in the right players for the right price

Dick Advocaat

But Sunderland are still in the market to boost their squad with another four or five additions, with the club’s focus now on the final third where wingers Stewart Downing and Jeremain Lens are among their main targets.

Head coach Advocaat is hopeful of further additions, with Short pledging to provide funds during talks at the end of last month.

“A couple of weeks ago, we had a very good meeting with the chairman and he’s willing to do something,” said Advocaat.

“In that way, he’s so much involved in the club. He wants to do the best for this club.

“Hopefully we can do that and bring in the right players for the right price.”

Coates became the first signing of the Advocaat era when he left Liverpool in a £2m deal after impressing during the end of his loan spell with Sunderland.

The Uruguayan, due back in training with Sunderland this week after his involvement at the Copa America, played a key role in keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League during the final six games.

And that persuaded the Black Cats to push ahead with a permanent switch for Coates.

Advocaat said: “We did not expect that (last season) but from the moment we saw him training, he was improving every day and at a certain moment, we had to take a decision.

“Then he did really well and I think he can get even better.

“That’s a really good signing from our club, Lee (Congerton, sporting director) did a great job to bring him back to Sunderland for that price.”

Matthews has also boosted Sunderland’s defensive ranks, with the Welsh international offering competition for Billy Jones in the right-back berth as a replacement for the released Anthony Reveillere.

“He played many, many games for Celtic, also European games,” added Advocaat to the club website.

“(Now) he must know the game, understand the game the way I like to play it.

“But it’s good competition for Billy, who did really well from the moment I arrived.”