Jack Ross discusses transfer latest, how many signings he needs and club's financial 'balancing act'

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Jack Ross hopes that Sunderland will seal their fifth summer signing next week.

Ross has added Alim Ozturk, Jon McLaughlin, Chris Maguire and Tom Flanagan to his ranks as he overhauls a threadbare squad.

Sunderland boss Jack Ross

Sunderland boss Jack Ross

Talks have been held with a number of players, including midfielder Dylan McGeouch. Sunderland are eager to make a number of further additions to their squad before the campaign begins on August 4th.

The Black Cats fly out to Portugal for a pre-season training camp this weekend and Ross admits that the club are having to 'juggle' as they deal with the onerous wage bill left by two successive relegations.

EFL regulations mean that Sunderland can only spend 75% of their predicted turnover on wages.

A number of players have left the club and solid progress has been made on bringing the wage bill down, but there are still a handful of high earners whose salaries are unaffacted by the drop into League One.

An economics graduate, Ross says he fully understands the situation and is confident that he will get the squad he needs eventually.

Ross said: “We’re hopeful there’ll be one more signing in the early part of next week, then maybe we’ll have to wait and see who leaves us or who moves on.

"There’s a constant balancing act with that for us, for a number of reasons, not just in terms of the squad numbers. People will understand the financial aspect of that, not in terms of a lack of resources, but more because of the regulations [SCMP].

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"For me, as a manager, I understand that aspect of the game. I know where we’re at, so I’m not ever going to complain about it. I knew that before I came in. I knew there was going to be this juggling act through this period.

"Don’t get me wrong, I think everybody would like do things nice and early and clean, so we know where we’re at. But that was never going to be the case. Hopefully, it will be one more in, then we’ll see how the next week or so after that goes."

Ross expects to at least double his signings tally before the transfer window closes but as he seeks to convince some players that their future is at the club, the situation remains fluid.

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He said: "When I was doing planning for the job, I was probably looking at eight to 10 signings but that was dependent on who left the club and it might fluctuate.

"We've got four in at the moment, but by the time pre-season reaches its conclusion I think eight to 10 in total will not be too far away.

"It's a big turnaround and it will be a bit bumpy at times, but we will get there and hopefully the sooner the better."