Jack Ross says he is a huge admirer of Bradford City's Charlie Wyke after launching a bid to sign the striker.
Sunderland have launched a six-figure bid for the in-demand frontman with the Black Cats desperate to add firepower to their squad.
That was evident again at Victoria Park today as the visitors toiled in front of goal against Hartlepool United before a last-gasp strike by teenager Benji Kimpioka gave them a 1-1 draw.
Ross admitted that it is likely that there may be outgoings before any new signings are completed.
Such deals, though, will bring a budget boost to the Sunderland boss as he looks to strengthen his squad - with such a benefit already felt after Joel Asoro's departure to Swansea earlier today.
"At the moment, there's probably a couple going out the way before any come in," he admitted.
"We're asking some boys to play quite a lot of games before the season has even started, so hopefully we'll have more numbers in over the course of the next week to ten days.
"I think it (players leaving) helps us.
"Naturally, the more that leave the club it will help us in a financial sense and actually, there's a knock-on effect to me as well."
One potential new face is that of Wyke, with Sunderland having submitted a bid for the former Middlesbrough striker.
Ross is a huge admirer, but is keen not to get his hopes up while he remains contracted to another club.
He said: "He's a player that I've known about before I came to England and I think, when you see the department we need to strengthen in and the type we need to strengthen, he's player that I like.
"Obviously he's contracted to another club and we need to see how that progresses over the coming days as well."