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Poyet Rules Out Free Agent Option

We are going with what we've got, which is probably a good thing.

Stu Forster

Sunderland will not be looking to the free agent market to strengthen the squad before January, Gus Poyet has confirmed.

The squad was looking one or two players light when the summer transfer window closed, fuelling speculation that players who are currently without a club - and therefore free from restrictions - could be an option the club may look to in order to plug the gaps.

That's not on the agenda, though, with the Uruguayan confirming to reporters:

There were a few calls about a few players. But to be honest, I'm not really looking. I'd prefer to go until January.

I'd like to concentrate on what we've got.

It would have to be something tremendous or we lose three players.

At the moment, no, we're not looking for any player.

That, as far as I'm concerned, is a very sound policy. These players are unattached for a reason, after all. It has worked for the club before, specifically Bolo Zenden. However, there was also James McFadden...

With a fair chunk of summer business done and needing to be bedded in, probably best to concentrate on that before throwing someone else in there. Plus, you'd have to wonder just how far away from match-sharpness free agents would be now and whether they'd actually be any real use before January when the market expands anyway.