David Moyes: Sunderland have formal bids on the table for two players

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David Moyes today confirmed that Sunderland are awaiting answers on two formal offers for players - with one deal understood to be at an advanced stage.

Moyes faced his first press conference as Sunderland manager today, with the club's search for new signings inevitably at the top of the agenda after the Black Cats have been unable to bring in any fresh blood so far this summer.

The ex-Manchester United boss and new chief executive Martin Bain were working feverishly behind the scenes to make a breakthrough in the transfer market while Sunderland were based on the banks of Lake Geneva last week.

And there is a possibility that Sunderland could add to their squad before Friday night's final pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund, with two bids on the table for transfer targets, one of which is extremely promising.

Moyes confirmed Sunderland have an interest in Man United pair Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini, although the latter would likely be beyond the club's budget with an £80,000 a week contract at Old Trafford.

"It is vitally important that we try to add to the squad," said Moyes.

"We want good players though – I don't want to be rash in it.

"I've never been off the telephone, I've done an awful lot of work just trying to find out who could be available and what could happen.

"We've got a couple of offers in for players just now, written offers, and we are just waiting for them to come back.

"There's no point in me getting everyone's hopes up because if they go wrong, then everyone says 'why not?'.

"But I am trying to reassure people that this is actually taking place behind the scenes.

"I've got to say that the chief executive is working really hard to try to make it happen."

Moyes took to his desk at the Academy of Light for the first time today after he was formally appointed just 24 hours before Sunderland flew out to France.

And he admits he has been relying on assistant manager Paul Bracewell and first-team coach Robbie Stockdale while he gets up to speed with the squad he inherited from Sam Allardyce.

"I'm happy to be taking over at the start of the season but strangely enough it's not that easy to take over in the middle of pre-season," he added.

"You've not seen what the boys have done and you are not quite aware of the situation.

"I've been led a lot by Paul and Robbie with the team selections in the last three games, while I've got to know them."