GUS Poyet has confirmed that Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso has joined the club on loan for the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old Spaniard has experience of playing in the Premier League previously, having been on Bolton’s books from 2010 until July this year.
And Poyet is pleased to have made an early breakthrough in the transfer market.
He said: “I can confirm Marcos will be with us for the rest of the season on loan,which is something very important for us.
“I was always looking for a player at left-back or on the left side so I’m delighted he’s here.
“It’s competition for Andrea Dossena who is the only recognised left-back we have here - they are different sort of players so it helps us with our options.”
Poyet has an idea of how many players he would like to bring in in January but says it is always difficult to say how the month will pan out.
“The problem with putting a number on players is that I would like maybe three or four but it’s always so unpredictable.
“The reality is, it’s almost pointless saying so at the outset because things can change so much.
“Initially though, three or four is the idea.”
There are likely to be as many players leaving the Stadium of Light in January as there are arriving but Poyet says no-one is lined up to leave so far.
“We haven’t had any offers for our players as things stand and any clubs who are interested will need to make an offer because we are not going to advertise them.
“Every single player here is under contract as things stand and you need to respect that.
“We won’t be throwing names out publicly, we will consider what interest we get.”