Lee Johnson opens up on January plans as Sunderland and Hull City linked with Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley

Lee Johnson is having to be patient in his pursuit of further January signings at the Stadium of Light but he insists Sunderland are 'in the mix' for their preferred targets.

Midfielder Carl Winchester has arrived but further new additions are not thought to be imminent at this stage.

It comes as promotion rivals Sunderland and Hull City have been credited with an interest in Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley, according to Football League World.

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However, the salary cap limitations mean that Sunderland are likely to next look at the loan market, with players under the age of 21 exempt from the restrictions.

Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson.Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson.
Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson.

Johnson has been utilising his contacts at Premier League academies, having enjoyed lots of success with Bristol City through this approach.

He told our sister title The Echo the club were 'in the mix' for their preferred targets.

While at this stage arrivals look more likely in the latter stages of the window, Johnson said that was something which could quickly change.

"We're in the mix," Johnson said.

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"These things can seem a long way off but the landscape quickly changes and all of a sudden someone is on their way for a medical.

"There are players who are aware of our interest, there's agents and clubs aware of our interest.

"Whether or not we can get them over the line is probably out of my hands, I'd say I'm more talent ID in the process here, than anything else.

"It's important that we bring the right personalities in, as well as the right footballing attributes, because we're trying to build a culture here as well as a winning football team."