Report: Sunderland targeting right-back and striker following first January signing

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Sunderland are looking to strengthen in order to improve their Premier League survival chances.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is searching for a new forward and a right-back after completing his first signing of the January transfer window in the form of centre-back Jan Kirchhoff from Bayern Munich, according to the Sunderland Echo

The Black Cats are taking the opportunity to strengthen this winter in order to try and fight off the threat of relegation, as they currently sit second from bottom - four points adrift from safety. 

The Sunderland Echo carries quotes from Allardyce identifying these areas, with the Sunderland boss saying: "I think we look further up the pitch now, as long as we can become more defensively sound with Jan and when Younes (Kaboul) gets fit again.

“Jermain got us two goals against Aston Villa which changed the game for us.

“That’s the importance of people who are capable of taking chances.

“The more and more chances they’re capable of taking, then the more points you pick up, as long as we keep the resilience side of our team right."

The Black Cats have been pretty thin on the ground in terms of their defensive options, while there are forward options available, there doesn't seem to much of a different option they can play up front in order to mix things up a bit.

Both Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher are very good finishers, Fabio Borini has proved to be a goalscoring threat but is often used out wide, and all three of them lack presence when going up against opposition defenders.

A signature element to Allardyce's sides tend to be that there is a target man to hold the ball up and bring others in to play, and it's something that Sunderland don't seem to have right now.

The Sunderland boss may want to develop a team in his image between now and the end of the season, and may feel it is their best chance of survival.  

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