Sunderland boss David Moyes believes it will be difficult for the club to attract new players during the January transfer window with the limited funds they have available.
The Black Cats have endured a difficult first half of the season, ending the calendar year inside the Premier League relegation zone after collecting just 14 points from their opening 19 top-flight matches.
Moyes’ men have lost four of their last five matches, following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Burnley, and the Scotsman admits it will be difficult for the club to bring in new recruits during this month’s transfer window.
“We’ll see what we can do. It’s difficult. It will even be difficult to attract the players,” the 53-year-old said. We need to say, ‘We need you’.”
Sunderland owner Ellis Short has already stated that there will be limited funds available for the club to spend during January, and Moyes admits he will have to hold discussions with the owner over what their plan will be for the window.
Moyes added: “Ellis will speak with me and I’ll speak with Ellis, I’ve got no doubt.”
Things do not get any easier for Sunderland in their next match, as they will take on title chasing Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Monday.
The Black Cats have failed to win any of their last nine meetings with Liverpool, but they are available at 8.50 to buck that trend on Monday, while the Reds are priced at 1.36 and the draw is on offer at 5.25.