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Gus hopes to do some 'window' shopping


Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet (below) is keeping his fingers crossed that the club can do the business he wants as he awaits the opening of the January transfer window.

The 47-year-old Uruguayan has made no secret of the fact he is desperate to further strengthen his squad next month with goals a priority, but he knows too how difficult the winter market can be.

Sporting director Lee Congerton is the man charged with the task of fulfilling Poyet's wishes, and the latter knows he will have to remain patient.

He said with a smile: "Yes, we want the best player in the world very cheap, nice-looking, he can score goals, he can run, sprint.

"But it's difficult, very difficult. We are working, I can tell you we are working very hard. Are we going to bring in someone? Are we going to buy him, loan him? We will see, it depends on so many things.

"Certain kinds of players are only available on loan; certain kinds of players, you need to buy them and it costs a lot; certain players, they cost less because they are a nightmare or they have got some issues and you think you are the genius who can bring them to you and calm them down.

"If you see what happens in Spain and Italy - Fernando Torres goes one way and then Chelsea go maybe the other way, and that starts making things happen. "We are working very hard, very hard. It's not easy, but we will see."

Poyet's main focus is not difficult to identify with his team having scored only 16 goals in their first 19 Premier League games of the season, and the fact that forwards Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Jozy Altidore have contributed just six between them is an added concern.