Loan signings or permanent transfers? Simon Grayson reveals Sunderland's transfer policy

Robert Snodgrass
Robert Snodgrass

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has revealed he will need to sell players before he can make a permanent signing - and that the loan market is where the club is shopping in.

The Black Cats have brought in seven players so far this summer as Grayson rebuilds the squad for a tilt at the Championship.

Tyias Browning, Brendan Galloway and Lewis Grabban have arrived on temporary deals, the first two coming on season-long deals from Everton while the latter moving from Bournemouth.

James Vaughan, Aiden McGeady, Jason Steele and Robbin Ruiter have been signed permanently for a combined outlay of less than £1.5million, as chief executive Martin Bain wheels and deals on a tight budget despite around £40million being recouped from selling Jordan Pickford, Jeremain Lens, Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone and big earners like Jermain Defoe, Jan Kirchhoff, Victor Anichebe and Seb Larsson having left the club.

Money remains tight with the club in huge debt, meaning any further additions may have to be temporary unless Sunderland cash in on a player.

When asked if he was targeting loan signings or permanent transfers, Grayson said: "Bit of both.

"We will be looking on the loan market as it stands today, if any money became available from players going out then that would maybe be an option to go and spend some money.

"If we are left with the squad we have on September 1 and add one or two additions I would be more than satisfied.

"We have some good players with strength in depth but ultimately who knows what will happen over the next 10 days or so."

Sunderland have been linked with a loan move for West Ham United winger Robert Snodgrass, who has been told he can leave the club despite only joining from Hull City in a £12million deal in January.

Grayson admits he is interested in the player, who he worked with at Leeds United.

Grayson said: "When people like him become available you would be foolish not to consider it.

"Again that would be a deal dictated by finances.

"He is a good footballer, I enjoyed working with him at Leeds. Would he be a good addition? Of course he would, he is a good footballer.

"Can we do it? Who knows but we might ask the question."