Bruce awaits news on budget

The manager headed into talks with the Texan businessman and
chairman Niall Quinn in the wake of a board meeting held on Monday.
With football finances tight in general below the upper echelons of
the Premier League, Sunderland know they could face a summer of
tough negotiations to get the men they want, although Bruce is
convinced there will still be significant spending generally. Asked
if he believed there would be less money around, he said: “I
thought it was getting there until Manchester City came along a
couple of years ago, and it was Chelsea before that. “You are not
too sure. Certainly when I speak to other managers, there might be,
but history tells you that clubs find the money somehow, so it will
be interesting.” While critics point to the fact that Bruce has
been handed £55million with which to strengthen his squad,
sales of the likes of Darren Bent, Lorik Cana, Danny Collins and
Martyn Waghorn have raked in around £35million. But having
indicated he may be on the lookout for as many as eight or nine
players during the current transfer window – loan signings John
Mensah, Nedum Onuoha, Danny Welbeck and Sulley Muntari are back
with their parent clubs and only Ahmed Elmohamady has so far
completed a permanent move – the hunt is on. Strikers are a
priority, with Bruce in the market for three to join Asamoah Gyan
on Wearside following Bent’s departure, Welbeck’s return and
Fraizer Campbell’s injury problems. DJ Campbell is a player whose
situation is being monitored but in the short term Bruce will
attempt to make progress on a series of Bosman free transfer deals,
with Birmingham’s Sebastian Larsson understood to be one of those
in his sights. He said: “Every club will be looking at the Bosman
situation, of course, so we will be looking at that. “Usually in my
experience of the Bosman situation, they usually want to be fixed
up early, so there might be a bit of movement there. “But the
transfer merry-go-round is usually kick-started by the big ones.
The big ones swing into action and then that usually opens the door
for a few others to see what they are doing with their players.”