Sunderland manager Jack Ross has offered fans an update on transfer proceedings with just weeks remaining of the summer window, report the Chronicle.
And he insisted that the club will be continuing with their policy of ‘one in, one out’ for the remainder of the window as the powers that be continue to try and manage first-team costs.
“I spoke couple of weeks ago about it being a case of one out, one in, and that’s really where we are,” said Ross.
“I don’t think we are too top heavy squad-wise and I wouldn’t want it to get too fat.
“We are not in a position where we can go and spend money on big transfer fees. There has to be a realisation that that’s where we are at and we have to build something and make the best of what we have got.”
Most recently the Stadium of Light faithful saw Donald Love depart which allowed former Coventry City man Jordan Willis to arrive on a free transfer.
The 24-year-old became the club’s third signing of the summer, following goalkeeper Lee Burge and right-back Conor McLaughlin through the door, as Ross looks to improve on 2018/19’s fourth place finish.
But it was a season of disappointment for the Black Cats who, after their automatic promotion charge had collapsed, were beaten in the play-off final by an injury time winner against Charlton Athletic.
The pressure will now seriously be on Ross and his players to deliver a return to the Championship following their embarassing back-to-back relegations from the Premier League.
I think it is important that the fans remain calm for now.
Stewart Donald and co. have always said that securing the long-term future of the club is the priority and this is very much an extension of that.
However, you would think shipping out somebody like Bryan Oviedo, who will be one the highest earners at the club, would allow them to bring in maybe four or five new faces on its own.
So, personally, I think this should be the priority for them now.