Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bruce in Striker Search

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bruce in Striker Search

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STEVE Bruce is close to signing two unnamed strikers in a bid to solve the goalscoring woes which have undermined Sunderland's start to the new season, writes JAMES HUNTER. The Black Cats have scored just one goal in three games so far - Seb Larsson's equaliser which earned a deserved point at Liverpool on the opening day of the season. They have drawn blanks in their last two games, which have ended in a derby defeat against Newcastle United in the Premier League and a Carling Cup exit at Brighton. Record signing Asamoah Gyan has looked off-the-pace while Stphane Sessgnon, playing just off Gyan, has sparkled outside the penalty area without being able to find the net. With Bruce admitting summer buys Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-Won will take time to adjust to life in the Premier League, Bruce has decided he needs to sign proven goal-getters. The Sunderland boss has revealed he is hoping to sign one frontman on a permanent deal and one on loan before the transfer window closes on Wednesday evening. He said: "We know we need more firepower so we have one or two irons in the fire and we hope they will come to fruition. "We are not naive. Of course we are aware we need more firepower. We are close to one or two things - one permanent, one loan deal - and that will help us." Bruce has made no secret of the fact he needs to offload players he has deemed surplus to requirements, and he has had some success with George McCartney and Cristian Riveros leaving on season-long loans. However, he is still looking to ship out defenders Nyron Nosworthy and Matt Kilgallon, neither of whom have a future on Wearside. Bruce added: "I need to sell those players who are not involved. That has always been the case, nothing has changed. "I have to balance the books as best I can, but I have done that. "We still have Nosworthy and Kilgallon, but if they go that frees up money on the wage bill and that is part of the remit. Nothing has changed, that is where we are at." Bruce's side have endured a painful week after back-to-back defeats against Newcastle and then Brighton, but this afternoon they head to newly-promoted Swansea City's Liberty Stadium looking to lift the mood on Wearside by securing their first win of the season. …

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