SUNDERLAND are waiting to see which players are considered surplus to requirements among the Premier League’s heavyweights - before making their final moves in the transfer market.
The Black Cats are looking to make two - or possibly three - further signings before the transfer window shuts on September 1, with those captures now highly likely to be loans.
Although Sunderland boss Gus Poyet remains hopeful that the club can re-sign last year’s joint top scorer Fabio Borini, the Black Cats are now looking at a second season-long for the Italian, rather than a £14million permanent switch, after using a large portion of their transfer budget on £10m capture Jack Rodwell.
Ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Welbeck has been mentioned as an alternative to Borini, with Manchester United reportedly prepared to let the England international leave Old Trafford.
Poyet would be interested in Welbeck, yet only on loan, rather than the £15m price tag which has supposedly been placed on the 23-year-old’s head.
Sunderland are also looking at potential options at the back, with only six defenders currently in the first-team squad.
Poyet’s fellow Uruguayan, Sebastian Coates, has been mooted as an option for the defensive void after the centre-half was one of five players made available by Liverpool earlier this week.
However, with Sunderland only able to loan one player per Premier League club, the Black Cats are waiting to see what happens with Borini.
Sunderland are keeping an open mind on the Continental market too after they were offered Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez on loan, before the La Liga champions had a change of heart.
But with two domestic loans still at Poyet’s disposal, Sunderland are keeping their powder dry and waiting to see which players are made available by Premier League’s big hitters before approaching the best of those options.
Poyet told the Echo: “Yes, I think the loans will come from those big teams.
“That’s not easy though.
“We know a little bit with the Chelsea players who could be available.
“It’s not from the team who has been playing and is a strong group. It’s the team that is behind - and Patrick (van Aanholt) was one of them.
“We know a little bit about the Liverpool ones and the Manchester City ones as well.
“But the rest are rumours. We don’t know about Man United or Arsenal.
“We’re waiting to make sure that with the main two positions we’re looking at, that we get the right opportunities for the two loans.
“But Fabio is holding us up a little bit.”