Sunderland on transfer red alert in case of last-gasp deal

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SUNDERLAND are on red alert for any late transfer window drama, but are still not expecting any further arrivals at the Stadium of Light.

Gus Poyet stressed after the capture of Jermain Defoe a fortnight ago that the England striker was likely to be the one and only fresh face arriving on Wearside this month.

Sunderland still have one domestic loan available to them, but with the club close to the limits of the Financial Fair Play regulations, it would be a surprise to see the Black Cats make further moves before Monday’s transfer deadline.

However, Sunderland are prepared in case any players become unexpectedly available, or there are any shock departures from the Stadium of Light.

“If there are no surprises, no I don’t think so,” said Poyet today, when asked about any potential additional signings.

“But we are ready.

“That’s the difficulty of being in this situation.

“You can get a phone call or anything at any time and you need to be ready, just in case you need something to cover.

“But at the moment, no.”

There could be a couple of departures before the deadine though, with Sunderland working on exits for Charis Mavrias and Cabral.