SUNDERLAND chairman Niall Quinn has called for a review of the Januray transfer window and described the last minute scramble around the deadline as "crazy".
With the Black Cats struggling and Steve Bruce desperate to add new talent to his squad in a bid to reverse a damaging slide in form, Quinn has been forced to take a realistic view of the market.
"Realism has crept into football and agents must rethink their strategies," said Quinn at the start of a long deadline day. "The window is crazy and it should be reviewed. It was done for the right reasons a few years ago. But it has become so difficult. You have to take a gamble and sometimes the gamble doesn't work."
Quinn has been embroiled in intensive negotiations on a range of targets, including Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane.
Another Irish name to feature on the final day of the window is Leon Best, who is set to complete a move to Newcastle, while Hull boss Phil Brown has challenged Wolves to come up with the cash if they are serious about signing Ireland star Stephen Hunt.
"I wasn't being frivolous by saying Stephen has got a love affair with Hull City," Brown said. "How long that lasts is up to him and up to us as well. It will take a lot more than £4m to get Stephen Hunt away from the club."