SUNDERLAND manager Steve Bruce says he will make full use of the loan system again this summer.
So far this close season, the club has focused its interest on bringing in Bosman signings and pursuing players who can be bought at the right price.
Midfielder Seb Larsson and keeper Keiren Westwood are done deals, while striker Ji Dong-won’s move in a £2m deal is agreed and just awaiting the final formalities.
Midfielder Craig Gardner could also be set for a reunion with former Birmingham City team-mate Larsson, with the Black Cats closing in on a £5m deal for the 24-year-old.
And there could also be headline signings with the likes of Charles N’Zogbia and Connor Wickham on the wanted list. But the Black Cats will also look to repeat the success they had in the loan market last season, with Danny Welbeck, Nedum Onuoha, John Mensah, Sulley Muntari and Ahmed Elmohamady all playing their part.
Bruce is now hoping he can bring in players who can have a similar impact next season.
He told the Echo: “I always go into the loan market – certainly with British players – looking for a player who has something to prove.
“Nedum and Danny last season – the one thing about them was that they were desperate to play regularly. And when you have that sort of hunger in a player, it helps us and them.
“That’s my thinking. It also helps you financially – imagine trying to buy the likes of Danny, Nedum or Sulley Muntari on the open market.
“The downside is the fact that you rarely have them for longer than a season. But where else can you find an £8m defender or £10m striker for your squad for nothing?
“So it does help to bring in loan players but it’s a skill in itself picking them.
“To be fair to them – my two domestic signings Danny Welbeck and Nedum Onuoha – I couldn’t have asked for more from them in terms of the efforts they put in.
“It worked out well for them, too, because both have enhanced their own careers thanks to a season at Sunderland.
“It’s an area of recruitment that has become more important in recent seasons and certainly this summer we will be looking at the loan market to see where we can get value for money.”