Bruce happy with Cats captures

The Black Cats pieced together a package which could be worth as

much as £12million in order to lure England Under-21 starlet

Wickham away from Ipswich. His signing is seen to be a show of

intent from Sunderland, as they look to become an established

top-half side in the Premier League. Seeing off competition from

the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham to land Wickham suggests they

are heading in the right direction. Bruce certainly believes they

are, and is tipping his latest recruit to be a resounding success

on Wearside. He said: “The signing of Connor Wickham is a statement

of intent by Sunderland. “It is a bold signing that shows we are

building for the future. “There were a lot of clubs tracking him,

but we were the ones who were prepared to meet Ipswich’s valuation.

“It is also a testament to our progress as a club that Connor

wanted to come here. I am sure he will be a big hit with the fans.”

Bruce has already spent around £20million this summer on

Wickham, Craig Gardner, Sebastian Larsson, Keiren Westwood and Ji

Dong-Won, but hopes to add further fresh faces to his ranks before

the 2011/12 campaign gets underway. “I’m absolutely delighted that

we’ve been able to get so many players in ahead of returning for

pre-season training,” he said. “We’ve brought in what are five

quality new signings and of course also made (Ahmed) Elmohamady’s

loan a permanent deal – and hopefully there’ll be more.”