The Black Cats squad remains somewhat thin on numbers ahead of the League One season kicking-off on August 7, but head coach Johnson has confirmed the club remain active in the market and that deal talks are taking place – with free agents among those being considered by the side.
He said: “We have actually got four or five current bids on the table for various positions so it’s not like we’re not moving.
“You always look at the transfer market and it's, are they affordable? Are they accessible and are they available? So you don’t bid for somebody unless you feel they are affordable accessible and available and obviously it depends on transfer fee. Agents fees as well and at the moment, I think agents have been pretty unrealistic with the climate to the levels of percentages they want.”
And on whether Sunderland were bidding for free agents or contracted players, he added: “Both.I would say you look at what type of bid you can make, you can make transfer, a trade if you like, you’ve got a free agent that’s on the market that’s been released and you can do a bit more with that one.
"You can get them in, you can give them a thorough medical, you can run them and have a look and then of course you’ve got loan bids. There’s two or three of those.”
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