Sunderland transfers and Josh Maja contract latest: Jack Ross provides key pre-Luton updates

Jack Ross faced the press ahead of Sunderland's crucial League One clash with Luton Town - and there was plenty on the agenda.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 10 January, 2019, 13:36
Jack Ross has provided several key updates ahead of Sunderland's game with Luton

With transfer activity hotting-up, it was perhaps no surprise that the Sunderland chief fielded several questions on potential transfer activity ahead of the visit of the Hatters. But there were plenty of other key updates from Ross, too, ahead of what is a crucial game at the top of the third tier. Scroll down and click through the pages for the key talking points from Ross' press conference:

"The addition of Jimmy will help us. He has enjoyed successful loan spells to date and that will help us for the remainder of the season."
"In terms of the identification of areas of the park we need to strengthen in, defensively was one and in the attacking areas was the other. I do feel that for the rest of the season we need another striker."
"You won't be surprised to hear that I won't comment on any particular player. But the identification of players has happened long before now and it's now just how that unfolds."
"It would be remiss of me to deny the possibility of any scenario because you just don't know what might unfold over the next few weeks."

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"I'm not in any rush to trim my squad. We feel as if we're okay. We've performed okay over the first half of the season and, if anything, it's adding one or two of those players that we've mentioned that will strengthen it."
"Like anything once you pad out your squad and increase your numbers in certain positions, naturally players may feel as if they're further down the pecking order. That may affect their opinion of being at the club."
"I'm glad the Newcastle game is out of the way. Games like Saturday are ones which should grab the imagination."
"Nathan leaving doesn't change a huge amount. In reality, Luton have had a style of play that has brought them success. I don't expect much changes."
"January is not an easy month for any manager. Players are recognising this is a fabulous club to come to and thats helping us a lot."