Jack Ross hopes for new Sunderland additions within ten days after Charlie Wyke bid confirmed
Jack Ross hopes to see new faces through the door at the Stadium of Light in the next ten days - and one of them could be Charlie Wyke.
It was reported this morning that Sunderland had launched a six-figure bid for the in-demand Bradford striker, who Ross admits he is a big fan of.
But the Black Cats' boss has said that he will have to see how talks with his current club progress over the coming days before any hopes of a deal are realised.
Speaking after Sunderland's 1-1 draw with Hartlepool, Ross admitted that it is likely that there may be outgoings before any new signings are completed.
Such deals, though, will bring a budget boost to the Sunderland boss as he looks to strengthen his squad - with such a benefit already felt after Joel Asoro's departure to Swansea earlier today.
"At the moment, there's probably a couple going out the way before any come in," he admitted.
"We're asking some boys to play quite a lot of games before the season has even started, so hopefully we'll have more numbers in over the course of the next week to ten days.
"I think it (players leaving) helps us.
"Naturally, the more that leave the club it will help us in a financial sense and actually, there's a knock-on effect to me as well."
Despite potentially having to wait for players to leave before any new additions are rubber-stamped, Ross remains calm.
While it could be easy to get frustrated in such circumstances, the former St Mirren boss believes that staying positive remains key.
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"No, genuinely. I know I keep saying it, and it might be really easy to say, but I don't get frustrated about it," the Scot said.
"I view the challenge as being to make the best of what I've got and getting the best from them, and I think that's what it should be as a manager and a coach.
"There might come a time and place where I find it frustrating, but at the moment no.
"My energy has got to be used to get the best out of what I've got rather than used in another way, because this club has had a lot of that negative energy around it in recent years.
"I have to be the one to remain positive and drive it forward from the football side, and I'll continue to do that."
One potential new face is that of Wyke, with Sunderland having submitted a bid for the former Middlesbrough striker.
Ross is a huge admirer, but is keen not to get his hopes up while he remains contracted to another club.
He said: "He's a player that I've known about before I came to England and I think, when you see the department we need to strengthen in and the type we need to strengthen, he's a player that I like.
"Obviously he's contracted to another club and we need to see how that progresses over the coming days as well."