Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has been busier than most – all, even – in the transfer market but has suggested his summer spending spree might not be over, despite the fact he’s already brought in NINE new faces.
Sunderland have been linked with moves for Manchester United's Darron Gibson (who was expected to join John O’Shea and Wes Brown at the Stadiium of Light) and Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia, as well as Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani.
"You can never say never, we'll keep trying and we'll keep plugging away," Bruce said. "But I'm very, very pleased - I'm delighted with what we've done.”
In signing so many new players, Bruce admitted that there are a few others that will need to head for the exit door. However, he said that wouldn't stop him from continuing to look for further additions that would fit in with the club.
"A manager's job is always to keep knocking on the door - that's my job," he continued. "We've bought in something like eight or nine players which is a huge amount and my job is to keep asking for more - believe me I'll do it.
"There's still a bit to go [until the transfer window closes] and it's important because there's still three of four players that need to go out as well and we'll see what happens after that."
Much has been made of Aquilani's future, including proposed moves to Fiorentina and AC Milan. However, Aquilani's agent, Franco Zavaglia, said that the midfielder's future remains at Liverpool.
"Right now I firmly believe that Aquilani will play at Liverpool next season," Zavaglia said. "There have been no negotiations with Milan regarding Aquilani's reported move there.
"The chances of seeing Alberto in the Italian league next season are very low at this point in time."