Sam Allardyce gives indication of Sunderland’s January transfer plans

Sam Allardyce

Sunderland are looking to bring in players on loan in January.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Sam Allardyce has admitted that he will look to bring in players primarily on loan in January, with few players willing to sign permanent deals if the Black Cats could be relegated.

Allardyce said: “I’d say we’ll be looking at loans, with the opportunity to buy. That gives us the chance to have a look at them. Will they [players] want to come and sign a long-term contract with the possibility that we might get relegated?”

Sunderland need strengthening in January, but with their situation still keeping them in the midst of a relegation battle, it will be hard to tempt players to the Stadium of Light.

No one will want to sign a long-term contract if they believe the club will be relegated at the end of this season, and so Allardyce has prioritised loan signings instead.

The report claims that QPR striker Charlie Austin has been scouted, whilst left-back Arthur Masuaku of Olympiacos is also a target, although there are no indications that either would be open to a loan deal.

Despite two wins in their last two games, Sunderland are still far from the required quality to secure an easy survival, and January reinforcements are needed.

The defence is still looking slightly weak, whilst a more consistent goalscorer would not go amiss on Wearside, and it just remains to be seen whether Allardyce can find any players who are willing to link up with the Black Cats on loan.

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