GUS Poyet says Sunderland fans should not mistake a lack of new arrivals as a sign that constant transfer work is not going on behind the scenes at the club.
The Black Cats boss signalled ahead of the January transfer window that he wanted to bring in three or four new faces as quickly as possible. And on the eve of the window re-opening, the club announced the signing on a season-long loan of Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso.
Since then though it has all gone quiet and although Poyet has insisted that he will not give details away of the players he is trying to sign, he has revealed that everything is being done that can be done to bring in new signings.
“There is a lot happening,” he told the Echo. “But I’m afraid there is nothing to actually report.
“I will say that it is very difficult – you could not imagine.
“People think you just go to a chairman, get a telephone number of a player, ring him and then buy him.
“But it’s not like that, it’s not like going to a supermarket and buying something. There are so many things that need to come together – the player, the money, the club, the transfer window and so on.
“So that’s what we are working on, making lots of calls, doing lots of work but things just don’t come together straight away and although that’s frustrating, we can only accept it.”
As well as bringing players in, Sunderland are looking to move a few on. But Poyet revealed: “It’s the same problem – getting players out is exactly the same, very complicated. And a lots of clubs might come calling for a player that you don’t want to give away but no-one comes for the ones who you do want to give away!
“It’s tough and you have to be patient but you also have to keep working away it and I can assure fans that that’s exactly what we are doing.”