Sam Allardyce confirms transfer assurances from Sunderland chairman Ellis Short

Sunderland are set to raid the January transfer market when it opens.

Speaking to talkSPORT (aired at 09:15), recently appointed Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed he has held talks with Black Cats’ owner Ellis Short concerning his ability to bring players to the Stadium of Light in January.

Allardyce said: “We’ve talked about the fact that if we need to strengthen then we can do that, but there is no exact budget set, and I’d never really want that. I’ve spoken to Ellis about people coming in if need be, and we will try our very best to do that.”

Allardyce was expected to only take the management job at the Stadium of Light if he was given assurances he could sign players in January, and it appears he has given the chance to raid the transfer market when it opens.

There are many positions in the squad that need strenghting, with the defensive positions certainly under intense scrutiny, and it is expected that Allardyce will look to bring in a number of players.

There is no budget set by Short, and Sunderland spent highly in the summer transfer window, meaning it is unlikely that the Black Cats board will sanction a large outgoing transfer fee.

However, with the new Premier League TV deal kicking in from next season, and the increased money that comes from that deal, Short should want to spend as much money as needed to keep the Black Cats in the top flight.

The financial drain from this season will mean nothing with the increased income that will be received from staying in the Premier League at the end of this campaign, and Allardyce should be allowed to sign any players that he needs to secure survival in the January transfer window.

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