Jermain Defoe signing likely to be Sunderland’s only January buy

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet

GUS POYET is not expecting any further arrivals at Sunderland in the January transfer window.

Sunderland today unveiled England striker Jermain Defoe after sealing a swap deal for the 32-year-old, with flop Jozy Altidore heading in the opposite direction to MLS outfit Toronto FC.

Poyet has repeatedly spoken of adding “quality not quantity” to his squad this month, primarily up front, with Sunderland netting just 18 goals in 21 Premier League outings so far this season.

The Sunderland boss believes he has addressed that deficiency in landing Defoe and expects that to be the end of the new arrivals at the Stadium of Light in this window.

“It will be very difficult and unexpected to bring in anyone else,” said Poyet

“I said quality, not quantity.

“I said we needed someone special up front. That’s it.

“We cannot control what happens the other way.

“If someone comes for one of our players, we need to analyse that if it comes.

“But at the moment we’re alright. Most of the players should be fit next week and we’ll have a full squad.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing if we can adapt to whatever system we can play.”

Sunderland still have one domestic loan available to them, should circumstances change over the next fortnight.

And the Black Cats have also been keeping tabs over potential defensive recruits, with Celtic centre-half Virgil van Dijk and Leeds full-back Sam Byram both on the radar.

But boosting Sunderland’s options at the back will be the priority during the summer, with veterans Wes Brown and Anthony Reveillere both out-of-contract at the end of the season and Sebastian Coates and Santiago Vergini at the Stadium of Light on loan deals, albeit there is a permanent option for the latter.