Stewart Donald reveals Sunderland hope to announce new signing today

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Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald says he hopes to announce a new signing later today.

The Black Cats chief is working hard behind the scenes to strengthen Jack Ross' squad, while also bring down the wage bill by getting some high earners off the books.

Stewart Donald

Stewart Donald

So far, Alim Ozturk, Chris Maguire and Jon McLaughlin have arrived at the Stadium of Light, with Jason Steele, Paddy McNair and Jack Rodwell leaving the club, along with John O'Shea, Billy Jones, Kazenga LuaLua and Marc Wilson, whose contracts have expired.

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Those departures have helped free up money for more incomings, but some supporters have shown frustration after striker Lyle Taylor opted to sty in London and join Charlton rather than move to Wearside.

Donald says Sunderland are close to announcing a couple of new signings, however.

Replying to a fan on Twitter who said that Donald had claimed there would be five or six new signings, but only three had arrived, the Sunderland owner said: "It's actually 4/5 just not announced yet.

"I can't make a lad move his family if he doesn't want btw. If doing the right deal for the club means I hope to sign 6 and end up with 4 then so be it."

Then asked if there would be any new signings announced today, Donald replied: "Yes I think so."

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Sunderland are keen to add a couple of new faces to the squad before they jet out to Portugal for a training camp.

The Black Cats have held talks with Hibernian's out-of-contract midfielder Dylan McGeouch, while Peterborough defender Jack Baldwin is also on their radar. Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has also emerged as a loan target.