GUS Poyet today admitted he had been offered free agents since the closure of the summer transfer window – but the Uruguayan has decided to wait until January to bolster his squad.
Sunderland – without a win in the Premier League so far – have found goals hard to come by this term, and had been linked with a number of strikers on Bosman deals.
Poyet, though, appears unwilling to dip into that market, despite the fact a number of players are available, both up-front and elsewhere.
Here, we look at five individuals Sunderland could turn to should Poyet decide to look for a free signing.
The Brazilian striker was once one of the most sought-after players in world football in his days at Inter Milan.
The powerful frontman was a regular source of goals for the Italian side, and was also a regular for Brazil.
However, in recent years, Adriano has fallen from grace, with off-the-field issues blighting his career.
He has been without a club since leaving Atletico Paranaense in April, but is still just 32. Could Poyet reignite his career?
Almeida has flattered to deceive at times since breaking through at Porto, but has found some consistency over the last six years.
His spells at Werder Bremen and Besiktas were successful, as he found his goalscoring touch and started to realise his potential.
The 30-year-old has 19 goals at international level for Portugal to his name, and started in their opening World Cup match, against Germany, this summer.
He is currently without a club, though, and could provide a good presence up-front for Sunderland. They could certainly do a lot worse.
Lugano had an extremely poor spell in England with West Brom last season, but thay may not have put off his fellow Uruguayan Poyet.
The defender did look ill-suited to the Premier League during his time at the Hawthorns, but it would not be a surprise if Poyet fancied his chances of getting the best out of him.
Lugano has good experience, at 33, and has performed well on the international stage for Uruguay, who he captains.
Sunderland do not appear to have major problems at the back, but if Sebastian Coates’ injury problems persist, Poyet may just have a look at Lugano.
Another potential option at the back for Sunderland is Marchena, who would bring with him a raft of experience.
The 35-year-old has 69 international caps for Spain under his belt, and was most recently at Deportivo La Coruna, who he left in the summer.
His former clubs include Sevilla, Benfica and Valencia, while he was part of the Spain squad which won the European Championship in 2008 and World Cup two years later.
Marchena can also play in defensive midfield, and is unlikely to be without a club for too much longer. Could Sunderland take a punt on him?
More of a wildcard addition on a free transfer would be Ninis, who is still just 24.
The 5ft 8in attacking midfielder, who can also play on the right, was tipped for big things when he broke through at Panathinaikos.
However, a move to Parma in 2012 did not work out, and his contract there was terminated last month.
Ninis still possesses huge talent, though, and the Greek international could yet realise his potential if he is handled correctly.