Sunderland AFC transfer news: Cats have no time to waste in market, Gooch wins praise, defender linked

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The clock is ticking with the transfer window set to close on Wednesday, August 31.

A striker, senior right-back, central defender and central midfielders are the key positions targeted by Sunderland manager David Moyes.

The pressure is building after the 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon.

Read Richard Mennear's match analysis from the game here:
After the game, Moyes admitted Sunderland are facing another relegation battle this season.

When asked whether observers may feel Sunderland will be battling against relegation again this term, the former Manchester United manager said: "They'd probably be right, because that's the position the club has been in for the last four or five years.

"Why would that suddenly change? I think it will be (a relegation battle).

"I don't think you can hide from the fact that it will be the case.

"People will be flat because they're hoping that something is going to dramatically change. It can't dramatically change. It can't."

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Meanwhile, Sunderland and Watford have both been linked with a move for former Liverpool defender Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid.

Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo say the 22-year-old right-back is surplus to requirements at Atletico Madrid.

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And finally, Vito Mannone insists Sunderland’s inexperienced side must bounce back straightaway - as there is no time to waste in the Premier League.

"I think some of the boys did very well to play in a derby game. It is difficult, first home game of the season and a lot of pressure,” said Mannone.

"When you go 2-0 down, you need to show character and make the right decisions every time and it is not easy.

"It is difficult, but the young players fought so hard and did well for us.

"We can see some good players coming up and hopefully when we get the full squad back we will be OK.

"We need to bounce back straight away – we know from experiences in the past that we don’t have time."