Sunderland are ready to go on the attack – by adding a couple of creative players to their ranks after bolstering their defence.
The Black Cats completed the signing of Celtic full-back Adam Matthews at the weekend, the Welshman becoming their second signing of the summer after Sebastian Coates joined last week.
The capture of the duo has strengthened Dick Advocaat’s rearguard, while Sunderland also remain in talks with Zenit St Petersburg over the transfer of Belgian centre-half Nicolas Lombaerts.
However, director of football Lee Congerton will also focus this week on adding to Advocaat’s attacking options, with a winger at the top of his priorities.
Sunderland retain a strong interest in Stewart Downing and will continue talks with West Ham United over the England star.
Downing remains their No 1 choice and the Black Cats are confident the Teessider wants a return to the North East.
But they have a number of other options should there be no movement on that front, including Dynamo Kiev forward Jeremain Lens.
Sunderland were linked again with Aidan McGeady over the weekend, but while they will keep an eye on his situation at Everton, the Irishman remains lower down on their list of priorities with Congerton chasing other targets first.
And there is no interest in QPR’s Junior Hoilett despite reports stating Sunderland had made a £2.5million bid for the 25-year-old who is set to leave Loftus Road.