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ROKER ROUNDUP: Sunderland want to strengthen further in the loan market - striker should be next

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Sunderland are trying their best to get a striker in on loan well in advance of the loan window closing at the end of the month.

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Sunderland hopeful of more

Max Power is expected to go straight into the Sunderland squad that travels to Kenilworth Road tomorrow to take on Luton Town, and he may not be the only new arrival in the line-up.

The loan window for EFL clubs does not close until the end of the month but Sunderland aren’t looking to wait until next deadline day. The club are working on a few different transfers with the aim of getting one or two in - and are trying their hardest to get at least one of those through the door in time to feature against Luton Town tomorrow.

Clearly the need for another striker is at the forefront of Jack Ross’ mind. We revealed yesterday how we are interested in a loan deal for Manchester United forward James Wilson but there are at least another two strikers in the club’s thinking.

Should any deal not be completed in time to be registered for tomorrow’s game, then we can expect a debut at Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup next Thursday.

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Watmore steps up return

There is light at the end of the tunnel for the unfortunate Duncan Watmore, as the England under-21 international has been signed off by his doctor and has resumed training with a view to returning to first team action right on schedule.

Watmore suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury for the second successive season in a game against Millwall last November, after only six games back from recovering from an identical ACL injury the previous December in a Premier League game against Leicester City.

The general prognosis after ACL surgery is a 9-12 month recovery, with the current schedule placing his recovering right in the middle of that range.

Sunderland posted a video earlier this week that showed the 24-year-old looking lively on the training pitch and hopefully the team will continue their good start to the season, so the player can be eased back into first team contention.