COLE­MAN HINTS AT LOANS IN JANUARY WIN­DOW

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

CHRIS Cole­man has promised Sun­der­land fans new ad­di­tions in January – though the new boss ad­mits the loan mar­ket will be his main source of re­cruits.

In an in­for­ma­tive – and of­ten amus­ing – phone-in on BBC New­cas­tle’s To­tal

Sport this week, Cole­man laid out his plans for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

Rel­e­gated from the Premier League last sea­son and strug­gling at the foot of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble this cam­paign, Sun­der­land and their fans are in des­per­ate need of good news.

“January is com­ing and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if we can get one or two new faces in, which we will look to do, like most clubs do,” said Cole­man.

“Hope­fully, we won’t lose too many, but it could be an ac­tive win­dow in January.

“Martin (Bain, Sun­der­land chief ex­ec­u­tive) was bru­tally hon­est with me and said there is no money guar­an­teed for January.

“Depend­ing on if we do lose a player or re­ceive money for a player or play­ers, then it’s very pos­si­ble we can rein­vest, but that’s not to say there’s not go­ing to be noth­ing ei­ther. I wasn’t promised a trans­fer kitty in January to go and buy A, B and C.

“There may be no money in January to go and rein­vest, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go and strengthen the squad with some loan deals.”

Cole­man dis­tanced him­self from a move for former striker Jer­main De­foe, while also in­sist­ing he had heard noth­ing from Bournemouth about a po­ten­tial re­call for loan star Lewis Grab­ban.

But the former Wales boss did con­cede he would love to bring some of his Welsh stars to the Sta­dium of Light.

“I think if we did sign any of the play­ers who have rep­re­sented Wales, cer­tainly in my time, I don’t think we’d be dis­ap­pointed. They were ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic play­ers to work with.”

DE­CI­SIONS: Chris Cole­man

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