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STRIKER UPDATE: Sunderland’s deal for Scotland international forward “could get done today”

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Despite suggestions from Chris Coleman in his pre-match press conference that Sunderland won’t be able to get any new faces through the door in time to play tomorrow, reports indicate that Chris Martin is close to finalising his move to the club.

2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifcation Scotland v Slovakia Oct 5th Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images

Reputable tabloid journalist Alan Nixon has this morning reported that Sunderland’s loan move for Derby County forward Chris Martin could be completed as soon as today.

Whilst Chris Coleman stated in his pre-Hull press conference this morning that Sunderland had “ran out of time” in order to bring new faces to the club before tomorrow’s relegation six-pointer with the Tigers, Nixon believes that we’re ‘trying hard’ in order to secure the signing of the seventeen-times capped Scotland international from second-placed Derby, who bolstered their forward line with the acquisition of Norwich’s Cameron Jerome on Wednesday.

Whether or not Martin would actually be signed in time for the pre-match registration deadline appears unlikely, but just getting the deal over the line would signal a positive move in what has been a wholly disappointing January transfer window so far.

Despite desperately needing to add to our depleted squad, the only signing made to date has been the loan of Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter, who was thrown straight into the deep-end when making his debut last Saturday in our 4-0 defeat away at Cardiff City.

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Martin tangles with Tyias Browning in our season opener against Derby County as the SoL in August
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Coleman added in today’s media meeting that getting deals done has been ‘frustrating’ admitting that whilst we’ve been incredibly close and have had players more than willing to come here, their parent clubs have been reluctant to let them leave without having replacements lined up - leaving Sunderland in a precarious position, heading into some important games without a single senior striker to call upon.

Coleman spoke at length about using the inexperienced duo of Josh Maja and Joel Asoro in the game with Hull, insisting that in order to give them the best chance of thriving, the rest of the squad must impart their experience upon them in order to get ourselves a result tomorrow at the Stadium of Light.