Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has stated that he is happy with the players that he has brought to The Stadium of Light thus far this summer, but it is believed that the former Manchester United defender still has money to spend.
A number of further players have been linked with a move to Wearside, with the 50-year-old reportedly weighing up moves for Jermain Defoe and Charles N’Zogbia. The Tottenham striker may be reluctant to move north, whilst the French international’s £60,000 per week wage demands may put the Black Cats boss off.
“I wouldn’t say I was finished but we’re very pleased,” he stated in the Daily Telegraph.
“We had four loan players leave, [Boudewijn] Zenden (who rejected a new contract) and the sale of Jordan Henderson, so it was important we made sure the squad’s looking healthy again. It’s got a good balance about it and I’m very, very pleased with what we’ve done.”
One man that now look unlikely to join Bruce’s squad however is Darron Gibson, as The Daily Mail reports that the Irish midfielder’s £40,000 a week wages demands are to scupper a potential deal.
Sunderland start their 2011/12 Premier League campaign with a difficult trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool on August 13th.