John O'Shea's own goal condemned Sunderland to a demoralising home defeat as Tottenham grabbed a second successive win
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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is hoping to make an early start on his January rebuilding mission after holding positive talks over the club's transfer policy.
Poyet said: "We had a very good meeting at the end of last week. Everything is rolling, we can say.
"We analysed my report on the players we have got here and what I think is needed. We have seen a few players, depending in what is needed. I am trying to be smart and not give too much away, but it is not easy.
"I liked a few, I didn't like others. We set up targets and we want to increase the viewing and the contact with the players and the clubs as well.
"The idea is to start moving. The sooner we move, the better for me because the sooner you get a player, the better.
"Quantity - it's not going to be many, but a number I cannot tell you because it's impossible."
Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini hopes to have boosted his chances of playing in next summer's World Cup after his performance against Nigeria in Monday's international friendly.
– Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini
I am delighted with my performance and that of the team. It's a pity that just when we were playing at our best, Nigeria scored twice.
I think in any case we reacted well and we were able to draw.
We really wanted to do well in our last friendly and I think we handed a good performance.
I believe that when the important games begin Italy will be ready.
I just hope to continue to do well and conquer a place for the tournament in Brazil.
Manuel Pellegrini has warned that Manchester City's bout of travel sickness could derail their Premier League title challenge.
City lost 1-0 at Sunderland for the fourth successive season on Sunday afternoon and have now taken only four points from a possible 18 on the road during the current campaign.
He said: "I am concerned because we are losing too many points away and, of course, that's very difficult if you don't win away to try to fight for the Premier League.
"But I don't think we are playing badly, so we must have a reaction, we must improve to make sure we are going to win."
The City manager added: "The reaction is very similar to the other games that we have lost away. It's incredible the way we lost this match.