Sunderland chief reveals the SIX signings he is targeting - and confirms bids for want-away players

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald is keen to see 'half a dozen' new faces through the door before the transfer window closes.

Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 1:58 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 2:17 pm
Who does Stewart Donald want to sign?

New manager Jack Ross has already landed seven new additions this summer - but Donald is keen to see even more fresh faces through the door.

And the Sunderland owner has revealed which positions he hopes to fill in the squad ahead of the August 9 deadline - while admitting that money will have to be spent wisely.

He also confirmed that two of the club's trio of want-away players are currently the subject of bids, while loan deals may be a possibility if a loan fee can be agreed.

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Donald fielded questions from Sunderland fans during an appearance on talkSPORT, and spoke openly about the club's recruitment plans - which included opening up on the signings he wants to see.

Experience is the key for the Sunderland owner, who also wants several key positions filled.

"We’ve got to get another half a dozen or so in before the season starts," he admitted.

"Jack is more relaxed about it than I am. Looking at the team there’s no doubt that we need some experience in there.

"We need a couple of strikers, a centre-back, possibly two, and a midfielder.

"We’ve got to try and get them over the line, we know who we want.

"We’ve got the money there to spend but we’ve got to do it wisely."

Sunderland are also keen to see players out the door - with Papy Djilobodji, Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong among those keen to leave.

And Donald confirmed that bids are on the table for at least two of those three players as the Black Cats look to shift some of their higher-earners.

Loan deals could also be a possibility - but only if the deal is right for the club.

"I think we could potentially loan them out and get a loan deal," admitted Donald.

"We’ve got offers for at least two of those three, it’s just getting the right numbers for the club.

"We could let them go now but it’s got to be the right deal and done in the right way."