Sam Allardyce gives update on Sunderland's transfer plans

Sunderland are expected to raid the transfer market in January.

Sunderland need some real strengthening if they are to retain their Premier League place, but Sam Allardyce has admitted to the Chronicle that he has yet to plan any potential deals.

Allardyce said: “We can’t really get on with planning for January yet. Nobody is going to say whether they’re letting anyone go or not yet. We’ll all work together and go for the right players. What you don’t want to do is panic if it gets to the last two days and you end up taking someone for the sake of it.”

The Sunderland boss is sure to bring in new players, and his current squad are clearly lacking in Premier League quality, but Allardyce is not yet ready to name potential targets.

It is still too early to target any specific players, as there are few players actually listed for transfer at this stage of the campaign, with a month and half still to go before January comes around.

Allardyce has seen his team continue to struggle since his appointment as manager, as although the Black Cats picked up their first win under him, they have also lost three games.

They remain in the relegation places, and a number of reports have suggested that defence is the main area in which Allardyce is looking for reinforcements in January.

The Chronicle claim that James Collins, Lamine Kone and Arthur Masuaku are all targets; the first two are centre-backs, whilst Masuaku is a full-back.

These reports may be jumping the gun with Allardyce not yet willing to actually name any targets, but it is obvious that signing a new defence is key if Sunderland want to remain in the Premier League this season.

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