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Poyet desperate for more signings

Gus Poyet has admitted Sunderland cannot afford to miss out on their remaining transfer targets if they are to prosper this season.

As the summer window enters its final few days, the Black Cats still have a series of major gaps to plug with sporting director Lee Congerton attempting to give head coach Poyet the tools to implement his plans.

Poyet, who has made seven signings to date, said:

The problem is here, we have to [sign more players]. It's not that we are okay and these two are extra quality or extra strength. No, no. It's two or whatever players that we bring who are in the system of my squad.

We are trying to get specific players, not anyone, and that's why it's been a little bit more difficult.

It's clear for the recruitment system what I want. I think the problem is there is not that quantity. It's not anyone for whatever reason, it's a certain kind of player.

You can use the word 'happy', but it's not good enough if we don't because we have a small squad and we need those players.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet


Rodgers: Balotelli looks fantastic in training

Balotelli could makes his debut against Spurs. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been impressed by the impact Mario Balotelli has made in training with the Reds but is keen to stress that no individual is a bigger star than the team.

Maverick striker Balotelli is in contention to make his debut for the Merseyside outfit in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham following his move from AC Milan earlier this week.

Asked about the 24-year-old at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Rodgers said: "He is fine. He has settled in very well and has looked fantastic in training.

"He is a good lad. The focus is very much on his football and he has done very well.

"He is moving to Merseyside. He is engrossing himself into the club and the people, but more importantly into his football. I look forward to seeing that development over the coming years."

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