SUNDERLAND’S magnificent Wembley triumph is likely to start a string of inquiries from First Division clubs wanting to sign the players who helped bring the Cup back to Wearside.
London giants Tottenham are already eyeing Sunderland centre half Dave Watson, who had a superb game at Wembley, but they and other interested clubs can forget it. None of Sunderland’s Cup heroes are for sale.
Spurs are reported to be willing to spend about £200,000 for a replacement for long-serving centre-half Mike England.
However their chances of landing Watson – or any other Sunderland player – took a big knock on Saturday.
For Sunderland’s victory over Leeds means that they will compete in next season’s European Cup-winners’ Cup competition and none of the Roker player will want to miss out on this.
Sunderland, in fact, will be out to strengthen their first team pool, not weaken it with the twin targets of Europe and promotion in their sights next season.
Manager Bob Stokoe has been promised more cash for signing new players and club chairman, Mr Keith Collings, has emphasised that Sunderland will not be tempted into parking with their stars.
Promotion is still the No. 1 aim and European football will not be allowed to divert the team from its main task.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 7, 1973.