Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Even Loan Deals Are off for Cash-Strapped Cats

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Even Loan Deals Are off for Cash-Strapped Cats

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Sports Writer james.hunter@trinitymirror.com @JHUNTERCHRON

DAVID Moyes says Sunderland's wage bill means the club cannot even bring in a loan signing in January unless they offload players. However, if the Black Cats are able to conjure up cash, Moyes says a midfielder and a centre-back will be his top priorities.

Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain has admitted Sunderland would have a 'very limited' transfer budget next month, the club's hands tied by the Premier League Financial Fair Play rules which prevent them from increasing the size of their wage bill.

The only way Sunderland can do that, while staying within the rules, is to sell one of their big earners.

Moyes said: "As a football supporter you want to be told what is going on and you want to be kept updated.

"At least people know we are not out there in the market looking for lots and lots of players to change things around because that is not possible.

"I am hoping what has been said by the chief executive - the honesty of it - galvanises the fans a bit.

"This is the time when the players really need their support.

"Because the one thing which has never been in any doubt here is the support and the numbers who come to the games and back the club.

"It is sometimes difficult to explain it properly but it is not necessarily that we need millions and millions to spend on fees.

At the cannot loan because situation with David "At the moment we cannot even bring a loan player in because of the situation we are in with wages in - unless something else changes." Sunderland have been hit by a spate of injuries in midfield, Jan Kirchhoff the latest to be ruled out for an extended period.

He joins skipper Lee Cattermole, Paddy McNair, youngster Lynden Gooch and Jack Rodwell on the sidelines.

The Black Cats will also be affected by January's Africa Cup of Nations, which will almost certainly see midfielders Didier Ndong and Wahbi Khazri, along with centreback Lamine Kone, called up for international duty for up to a month. …

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