Chris Coleman after Sunderland reinforcements


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Sunderland boss Chris Coleman is expecting a busy transfer window as he bids to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season.

The Blacks Cats are currently in danger of being relegated for the second-successive season as they sit bottom of the Championship standings after picking up just 22 points from their 26 matches to date.

Former Wales boss Coleman has only been in charge at the Stadium of Light since the middle of November and he has already added to his squad during the current transfer window by bringing in Chelsea centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter on loan for the rest of the season.

The 47-year-old is certainly not finished in the transfer market, although he acknowledges it is a tough battle to get the right kind of players in, with other teams also looking to strengthen during January.

“It’s not easy to get the right person because of course there are other clubs in a similar predicament – a similar situation – to us,” Coleman told the Chronicle.

“To get loan players it is a bit of a dog fight, but I think Jake is a good start for us and there’s still maybe two, three or four more that we’d like to do.”

Sunderland may have to sell players in order to bring new ones into the club and it remains to be seen if any further new recruits will arrive in the North East ahead of Saturday’s away clash with promotion-chasing Cardiff.

The Black Cats are priced at 4.75 to secure all three points from that contest, while Cardiff are available at 1.75 and the draw is on offer at 3.60.

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