Having staged a miraculous late season recovery to retain their Premier League status, Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has started preparing for the 2014/15 season early. The signings of Jordi Gomez and Billy Jones have already been completed, and now it appears as if Jordan Mutch is set to sign from recently relegated Cardiff City.
The 22-year old impressed in the Bluebirds' midfield despite relegation, ending the season as top scorer with seven goals, whilst also contributing five assists in his 35 appearances, and the Daily Mail have revealed that he was not prepared to drop back into the Championship.
A fee of £1.5 million has been agreed between the two clubs, and only personal terms and a medical are to be completed, most likely in the next few days.
The signings of Mutch and Gomez look set to fill the void brought around by the apparent exits of Jack Colback and Adam Johnson, with the former targeted by West Ham and the latter on the radar of Hull City boss Steve Bruce. The two midfielders, along with full-back Billy Jones, also add proven Premier League quality to the ranks at the Stadium of Light, as Chelsea legend Poyet prepares to build on an impressive close to the season - having signing a new two year contract days ago.
Speaking to the official Sunderland website, Poyet expressed his belief that his new contract is the perfect platform to build the club upon.
He said: "Stability is absolutely key to long-term and sustained success for any football club, and this new contract gives both the club and me that stability going forward.
“Now it's a different challenge for me and the club and I am relishing the next stage with Sunderland. We achieved so much last season, working together - the club and the fans - and we took many good memories from the season.
"The prospect of creating more of those memories is one which excites me, and now I cannot wait for the next chapter in my career and the history of Sunderland AFC."
Despite a similar tactic of high intensity transfer activity last season - a tactic which proved costly for then-boss Paolo Di Canio - Poyet has followed a defined plan of acquiring players who have proven themselves in the top flight of English football, rather than signing from abroad, as Di Canio did.
The signings represent a logical move from the Uruguayan boss, giving fans the belief that a successful season may be just over the horizon.