GUS Poyet hopes to reinforce his Sunderland squad as soon as the transfer window opens.
Poyet has spent the past month plotting the Black Cats’ strategy for the January window alongside director of football Roberto De Fanti, with the head coach holding daily meetings over possible incomings and outgoings.
The former Brighton manager realises it is difficult to put a timescale on deals in the transfer market, with a host of hurdles involved in signing new players.
But Poyet wants immediate breakthroughs at the start of January to boost a squad that has spent the last four months confined to the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Poyet told the Gazette: “My aim all the time is to do things quickly in January.
“We’re having meetings practically every day and we’re getting close to January now.
“January 1 is a Wednesday, it’s not on the weekend, so if there are not any problems with bringing them in from abroad, they could be signed that day.
“Those are the things that you need to manage.
“But it’s not only in my hands. It’s in the hands of the other people as well – the player, the other club, the transfer, the agreement and if there are other options.
“There are so many things involved.
“Now, as the manager, I want them in tomorrow so they could train with us for a week before the first! That would be perfection.”
In an ideal world, Poyet admits there would be some players he was prepared to wait for in the market to see if they became available.
But time is not on Sunderland’s side in the relegation battle. Even if Sunderland triumph in their three remaining league encounters of 2013, the Black Cats would still average less than a point per game.
And Poyet realises he needs to boost his options before it is too late for Sunderland to claw back the deficit with those lying above them in the table - even if it means signing different players.
“There are some deals that I would prefer not to do immediately because you need to wait,” he added.
“But with waiting, you don’t know if it’s going to happen.
“If I have got another option, which I like and is similar, I’ll do it and the other one loses his chance.
“If you wait and wait, you can lose six or seven games by then.”