The Black Cats gaffer is planning to enter the transfer market in a
big way after losing four loan players at the end of the season.
And the priority is to find a striker to lighten the load on Ghana
star Gyan, who bagged 11 goals in his debut season on Wearside.
Bruce told the Northern Echo: “I have seen bits of speculation, but
that does not worry me at all. I have had no enquiries for Gyan.
“He will be better in the second year because he will be used to it
more. What we need is competition for him.” The summer spending
will not stop there, according to Bruce, who said: “When I first
came in I signed Darren Bent, Fraizer Campbell, Lorik Cana, Lee
Cattermole, Titus Bramble and Michael Turner. We need another
influx like we had then. “I don’t think people realise we had five
loan players (in the season just gone). That is because the owner
in previous years has spent a lot of money. “There is nothing wrong
with a loan player and (Nedum) Onuoha, (Danny) Welbeck and Elmo
(Ahmed Elmohamady) all played huge parts in the season. “We could
look at that again. There’s nothing wrong with that – but we had
five out of 24. It shows you how light we were.”