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Poyet discusses trio of transfer targets ahead of United game

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The Sunderland boss remains eager to do some business before the end of the transfer window.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was in a fairly talkative mood in his press conference ahead of Sunday's game with Manchester United.

The Uruguayan discussed as many as three of the club's transfer targets, with the summer window closing in little over a week.

With former loan star Fabio Borini's future up in the air while Liverpool move closer to the signing of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, Poyet revealed that he was both frustrated at the lack of movement on that front, and that he would also be willing to do another loan deal were that to encourage proceedings.

The Black Cats boss also opened up on his interest in a couple of young English stars, one of which is rumoured to have been made available for transfer and the other looking like he will cost a big fee to bring to the Stadium of Light.

Poyet mentioned England international Danny Welback, a player said to be surplus to requirements at Manchester United and someone he may come up against on Sunday, as someone he is keeping a close eye on, saying: "He's a player who myself and other managers are interested in. We need to wait. We haven't made an approach."

Across the Pennines, Leeds United youngster Sam Byram is also someone the former Brighton boss admitted to having an interest in, though the fee for the defender would be too much for Sundeland to put forward.

"I like him and I've known him for a long time," Poyet said. "Like any young British player, they are sometimes too expensive."

Clearly the club still have their fingers in many transfer pies, and it will be interesting to see what Poyet serves up for the Sunderland faithful by September 1st.

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