Sunderland are still looking to sign three more players before the close of the transfer window.
As reported by the Sunderland Echo, the Black Cats are hoping to complete three more signings before the close of the window at the end of this month, but there are two factors preventing more transfers being finalised.
It is stated that the club’s poor start to the season has made potential signings wary of moving to a team who are destined to struggle for survival, whilst owner Ellis Short has limited the funds available to head coach Dick Advocaat and director of football Lee Congerton.
The report states that the Wearside outfit have already spent £21.5 million this summer window, and whilst recouping a large £9 million fee from selling Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace, Short is unwilling to sanction more big-money signings.
The report claims that the Black Cats’ interest in Napoli winger Jonathan De Guzman is truthful, but he is still is mulling over a potential switch to the North East of England.
Jurgen Locadia has also been linked to the club, but it is stated that there has been no official contact between Sunderland and PSV, and although the forward missed training earlier this week, he has outlined his ambition to stay with the Eredivisie champions.
It is also reported that a new left-back is on Advocaat’s list of priorities to bring in before the end of the window, as he wants a player to compete with Patrick van Aanholt this term, especially with the Dutch full-back struggling so far this season.