Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has insisted that his summer spending is far from over as he seeks to add a minimum of two new faces to his squad.
The Italian has already brought in 10 new players as he continues to revolutionise the Black Cats, but he admits he is still searching for a centre-midfield and a left-sided defender.
Sunderland were set to sign Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham before Hull City managed to snatch him in a deal reportedly worth £5million.
Di Canio has already spent more than £16million for his new-look squad, but the Sunderland owner Ellis Short had recuperated £9million from the sale of Simon Mignolet to Liverpool.
And the former Swindon boss will be hoping that the American owner will not end there before the transfer window slams shut on September 2nd.
The 45-year-old said: "If there is a chance then one or two would be welcome and the club is working on this.
"I'm happy up front and at the back and I'm happy in the middle but we miss something. I hope in the next few days we are going to get something there."
Ahead of Sunderland's opening fixture against Fulham, he says he is 99 per cent sure of the team he is going to send out but has stressed of having competition for places.
"I'm not worried about having a large squad because I want a chance to choose from a group of five rather than only two.
"For me it's important to have players pushing for their place, and the other players have to maintain their place by doing well daily," added the Italian.
Meanwhile, defender Wes Brown has been ruled out of the opening game after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury that kept him out most of last season - but Di Canio was keen to put the player's setback into perspective.
"I want to think positive. We couldn't expect to see Wes go all the way through pre-season, but the problem was a knock he received in a session last week, and for that we don't want to risk him," concluded Di Canio.
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