Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lonergan Set for Wearside - and a Striker May Follow; CLUB IN TALKS WITH HITMEN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lonergan Set for Wearside - and a Striker May Follow; CLUB IN TALKS WITH HITMEN

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Andy Lonergan SUNDERLAND are expected to clinch the signing of Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan on deadline day - with Chris Coleman also keen to add a striker before the transfer window closes.

Coleman says a deal is already in place for one player, believed to be Lonergan, and the Black Cats are in talks over two potential targets to strengthen their attacking options.

Coleman said: "There are the games tomorrow, we need to get those out the way.

"Wednesday morning, subject to medicals and the like, we will have one more in - an experienced face.

"We are still trying for one more after that, we will go all out for that."

Sunderland brought in two goalkeepers in the summer, Jason Steele arriving from Blackburn Rovers and Dutchman Robbin Ruiter joining as a free agent.

morning, medicals like, more Chris Both have come under fire for their performances and, while Ruiter has been Coleman's preferred choice up to now, the experienced Lonergan - who worked under Coleman's assistant Kit Symons at Fulham - is likely to take over the gloves.

Coleman has already brought in defender Jake Clarke-Salter on loan from Chelsea and last week added forward Kazenga LuaLua on a free transfer from Brighton.

If he can land the two new faces he wants on deadline day, he says this will have been a successful transfer window.

Coleman added: "I think we have to say that is a successful window for us if the two players arrive on Wednesday.

"We have had so many conversations about different players, we have been there, then it has been taken away from us - it has been gruesome to be honest, at times.

"If we have four new faces to add to what we have - even though we may possibly lose one or two - I would have to say I would be happy with that."

Meanwhile, Didier Ndong's future remains in the balance, the Wearsiders yet to receive any fresh approach from Watford. …

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