Friday, 29th August, 2014

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has insisted that his team are not in the right shape and need new players to prosper this season.

Inter attacking midfielder Ricky Alvarez, Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool striker Fabio Borini have all been linked with moves to Stadium of Light this summer.

But the Black Cats have not presented any as official signings yet and are in risk of being out of time as the deadline draws to a close on Monday evening.


The club's sporting director Lee Congerton has been desperately trying to provide Poyet with more options, but has not been able to come up with anything major yet.


Poyet however insists on having more players to give the team a proper shape.

"The problem is here, we have to [sign more players]. It's not that we are okay and these two are extra quality or extra strength", Poyet was quoted as saying by ITV.

"We are trying to get specific players, not anyone, and that's why it's been a little bit more difficult.

"It's clear for the recruitment system what I want. I think the problem is there is not that quantity. It's not anyone for whatever reason, it's a certain kind of player.

"You can use the word 'happy', but it's not good enough if we don't because we have a small squad and we need those players."

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