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Sunderland Manager Paolo Di Canio Keen To Continue Summer Spending

Black Cats boss in the market for a new midfielder.

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio says he expects to keep looking for new players until the end of the summer transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

The Italian, who had a successful playing career in the Premier League for West Ham, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton, is set to start his first full season as a manager in the top flight, and is determined to steer Sunderland away from the relegation zone.

Having joined late last season, he managed to ensure they survived relegation to the Championship, and he has already brought in ten new faces to improve his side’s fortunes this year.

However, he still feels he could strengthen further, and has singled out a creative midfield playmaker as a particular target, as he is not entirely convinced of Craig Gardener or Jack Colback in that role.

“We are searching for a real playmaker,” he said. “Jack Colback can play in the middle but in a different way. One day he can be adapted. Even Craig Gardner can play there, but again in a different way.

“I need a real playmaker that can bring tempo, quality and personality as well as physical presence. Before the weekend is not easy to make a signing but it is important to understand we need something there.”
Di Canio did not mention any names, but the Black Cats boss was thought to have made a late bid to Tottenham for Tom Huddlestone, though he eventually completed a move to newly-promoted Hull City.
It is likely that the former Swindon Town manager will look again to Serie A for some bargain signings, as he has done to good effect so far this summer.


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