Sunderland director shares promising transfer update as Phil Parkinson prepares for second signing

David Jones claims Sunderland are ‘far from done’ in the January transfer window - with a number of targets being pursued.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 5:00 pm

The non-executive director, who is working alongside the club’s recruitment team this month, was speaking during a wide-ranging interview on BBC Newcastle.

And he confirmed that the Black Cats remain in the market for new faces, with Jones ‘very confident’ that there would soon be new arrivals after the capture of Kyle Lafferty last week.

“I can tell you that we are far from done in this transfer window,” he said.

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David Jones has shared a Sunderland transfer update

“The guys have identified several targets, those targets are being worked on as we speak.

“It’s not as straightforward as lining-up your target and going for them in this window, it’s a complex window and it’s even more complex if you’re Sunderland and knocking on people’s doors.

“People are still thinking that we are a huge club at this level, which of course we are, but it doesn’t mean we have piles of cash right now.

“There is a bit of bargaining to be done and a bit of jockeying with one or two clubs, but I’m very confident that we will add more than Kyle Lafferty in this transfer window.”

Jones was recently appointed to the club’s board as one of two new non-executive directors, joining Tom Sloanes on the club’s board.

They helped to fill the void left by the departing Charlie Methven and Tony Davison, but with Stewart Donald keen to sell the club in the coming months there has been doubt cast on Jones’ future.

However, the Sky Sports presenter insists Donald’s impending departure doesn’t necessarily mean the end of his time at the Stadium of Light.

“It doesn’t affect my position as far as I’m concerned,” he added.

“When I was at Oxford, working for Darryl Eales, the club was bought by a Thai consortium led by a guy called Tiger.

“He wanted me to stay on, but I decided it was probably the right time for me to move on.

“It will depend entirely on who buys the club, if and when that happens, and whether they want me around.”