Gus Poyet wants four new signings this week - possible candidates

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Gus Poyet has stated his intention to bring four new players to Sunderland by the end of the week.

It's been a frustrating summer so far in the transfer market for Sunderland. The Black Cats have been in long drawn-out negotiations regarding a deal for Fabio Borini for over a fortnight now, and look to have missed out on number one target Marcos Alonso. 

12 players departed the Stadium of Light at the end of last season leaving a threadbare squad behind, and although Poyet has recruited four players so far to plug the gaps, there is still much work to be done. 

Black Cats fans have begun to voice their concerns as the opening day of the new Premier League season draws ever nearer, the but Uruguayan manager has acted quickly to quash any fears, stating his intention to bring four more new faces to the Stadium of Light before the end of the week. 

Here are the four players most likely to make a move to the Stadium of Light this week; 

Santiago Vergini 

The Argentinian spent the second half of last season on-loan at Sunderland, and Gus Poyet is keen to bring the 25-year-old to the club on a permanent basis. Vergini is able to operate as both a right-back and a centre-half, providing Sunderland with some much needed cover for defensive positions. Reports suggest that a deal is almost done for the Estudiantes man, with the transfer to be finalised in the coming days. 

Max Clayton 

The 19-year-old Crewe forward has been on trial with the club over the past week or two, and has seemingly impressed at the Stadium of Light. Clayton is out of contract at Crewe Alexandra, although a compensation fee is likely to apply should Sunderland tie up a deal. The Black Cats may yet face competition for the youngster with Wolves thought to be taking the England under-19 on trial this week. 

Cristian Rodriguez 

Sunderland were thought to be extremely close to signing Rodriguez earlier this week, before reports in Spain suggested any possible deal was now off the cards. The situation is a little hazy with nothing officially confirmed by either club or the player himself, so it remains a possibility that the Uruguayan could arrive at the Stadium of Light this week. 

Fabio Borini 

Over two weeks have passed since Sunderland had a £14 million offer accepted by Liverpool. Since then Borini has toured parts of America with the Merseyside club and returned home with an injured shoulder, but the deal is very much still on. Reports Yesterday indicate that the Black Cats are currently discussing personal terms with last season's loan sensation, and Poyet has consistently remained confident in his chances of bringing the Italian to Sunderland. The arrival of Orgi at Anfield will only have made life harder for the 23-year-old with yet another attacking player to compete with for a place in Brendan Rodgers' first team, and the forward may yet be tempted to return to Wearside on a permanent basis. 

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