Steve Bruce is open to loan offers
STEVE Bruce will listen to offers for all the players he has sent out on loan even though he does not expect Sunderland to be very busy during the transfer window.
Although Jack Colback is expected to extend his loan spell at Ipswich Town in the Championship, Bruce will try to sell Andy Reid, Nyron Nosworthy, George McCartney and David Healy this month.
Nosworthy and Reid are at struggling Sheffield United, Healy is with Doncaster Rovers, while McCartney is wanted back at Leeds United after three successful months at Elland Road.
Loan deals remain the most likely way for Bruce to keep his squad numbers down, although he will sell if he gets the chance in order to bring down the wage bill at the Stadium of Light.
He said: “The lads out on loan, I would envisage some business is there to be done. But for the big ’uns, we have worked extremely hard to get the club in this position, so the last thing we want do is dismantle it. It will take crazy offers to even consider it.
“There is a decision to be made on young Jack Colback as his loan contract ends with Ipswich next week, but my attitude is to keep them playing.
“I can’t guarantee any of them first-team football, or even a place in my squad here, so if they’re getting games elsewhere they may as well stay there.”
Paulo Da Silva’s move to Cruz Azul has fallen through, although the Paraguay international is wanted by Real Zaragoza in Spain and Bruce hopes this will lead to a bid.
He said: “Paulo turned down the move to Cruz Azul and I think the Mexican window is shut. There is interest in Spain and that might develop. Real Zaragoza want him, so something might happen there,”
Bruce is not interested in trying to sign former Manchester United teammate David Beckham on loan from LA Galaxy and he is also not interested in talking about European qualification, despite seeing his Sunderland side occupy sixth place.
He added: “I keep getting asked about it. At the end of April I will tell you if we can qualify for Europe. We are halfway through the season, and my aim was always to be an established Premier League team.
“I am not going to get carried away, but ask me again in three months when the tulips are out. We will probably need another 30 points between now and the end of the season. We’ll need some better luck with injuries as well because we are struggling at the moment.”