Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has insisted his side are still in the market for summer transfers and have been offered plenty of choice, however will not be willing to pay over the odds to secure them.
The Black Cats’ financial troubles are well documented, with owner Ellis Short insisting that the north east club must part with a member of their current squad in order to delve into the kitty once again.
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It was expected that the departure of want-away Jeremain Lens would free up some funds and allow the Wearsiders to strengthen in other areas, but according to Turkish club Besiktas, who are publicly owned therefore have to publish all of their transfer dealings, the fee received was a fraction of what the Championship side were hoping for.
It was thought Sunderland were willing to hold out for £8million to allow the Stadium of Light flop to leave, but it has been revealed that the move was simply a one-year loan deal worth £1.4m and that there is no obligation for the Super Lig outfit to make the deal permanent at the end of that spell.
This therefore has thrown a slight spanner in the Black Cats works, and may go some way in clarifying Grayson’s comments regarding the possibility of more loan deals rather than focusing on long-term options.
The Yorkshireman has made it public that he is not keen for anyone to stay within the group if they are not prepared to fight the cause in the past, and reiterated that statement again ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup clash with Bury on Thursday night as well as the potential of further business this summer.
“(Lens has gone) and we move on with the present squad with players who want to be here”, the 47-year-old told the club’s official website.
“I have always said if you don’t want to be part of this group, taking this club forward again, then I will drive them there myself.
“There have been plenty of calls going on and people are ringing me desperate to come to this club.
“We haven’t made any approaches to clubs for any players in this moment in time, we wanted to get the game out of the way on Friday and let things settle down and see how the lads did.
“We are in the market to bring players in for the right valuation. We aren’t going to pay over the odds for players and they have got to be the right type.
“We will wait and see and we have still got a couple of loan players we could go after.”
It remains to be seen who exactly Grayson has lined up in order to improve Sunderland’s squad over the coming weeks, however without a large influx of transfer money it is unlikely he will be able to capture the likes of heavily-linked Ross McCormack on a permanent deal, which Aston Villa would reportedly prefer.