David Moyes has confirmed that last season’s loanees Yann M’Vila and DeAndre Yedlin remain firmly in Sunderland’s sights.
The new Sunderland manager spoke at length with predecessor Sam Allardyce prior to his arrival at the Stadium of Light and is well aware of how important Rubin Kazan midfielder M’Vila and Spurs right-back Yedlin were to the Black Cats remaining in the Premier League.
Sunderland held fresh talks with Kazan over a permanent deal for M’Vila last week, yet it continues to be a problematic and patience-sapping pursuit of the Frenchman.
However, both M’Vila and Yedlin are still very much on Sunderland’s radar, even if Moyes is keeping an open mind over other options available on the market.
He told the Echo: “Both M’Vila and Yedlin made decent impacts.
“They are players who we have talked a lot about in the last week, and we have spoken to people about them.
“So I would say that they are players who are out there, but they are among a number of players who we are looking at.
“I want to see if there are better players than that available, or if there is better value.
“I’m having to find out about the market quickly, and seeing what is there.
“At the moment the market is difficult and getting a price and valuation on someone is not easy.”
Moyes also confirmed that a new right-back is one of three self-explanatory positions that need to be strengthened, with Sunderland also desperately short of numbers at centre-half and up front.
“It’s obvious we need a new right-back, a centre-half and a centre-forward – and that’s before we even start to think about anything else or improving a different area,” he added.
“They are merely needed as a given.”