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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:
– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
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.