SUNDERLAND have no more plans to go into the transfer market in 2012 in the wake of signing James McFadden yesterday.
The former Everton midfielder agreed a two-month contract and now hopes to prove both his fitness and form and gain an extension to the deal in the new year.
But, having recruited the 29-year-old, Sunderland have no more plans to sign free agents in the run-up to the January transfer window.
The turn of the year will give the Black Cats the chance to widen their net and strengthen manager Martin O’Neill’s hand for the second half of the season.
And with the club’s mind now turning to who may or may not be available in the new year, the manager admits he is unlikely to be recruiting anyone in the next couple of months.
“I wouldn’t think that we would be bringing anyone else in,” he said. “I can’t imagine we will.
“January is just around the corner anyway.”
O’Neill is pleased to have McFadden on board, though, especially with the games now set to come thick and fast.
“James has to get himself fit first and then of course he has to get picked.
“If he’s the James McFadden of old he’ll be a very useful addition to the squad. But he’s a very versatile player and that’s always helpful for a manager to have.
“He can play on the wings and in other positions too and that means that if we are short of bodies, he is a player who can come in and do a job.
“We don’t have the biggest of squads so the likelihood is that everyone will get a chance at some stage and I know James is keen to impress and show us what he can do.
“He feels he’s super-fit right now but we’ll wait and see.
“For the moment I’m just glad to have him added to the squad in the hope that it will make us just that little bit stronger.”