Allardyce expects quiet January in Sunderland

Published 11/27/2015, 2:02 PM EST
Football Soccer – Crystal Palace v Sunderland – Barclays Premier League – Selhurst Park – 23/11/15 Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce before the match Action Images via Reuters / Tony O’Brien Livepic


REUTERS – Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said he expects minimal transfer activity at the relegation threatened club in the January transfer window but refused to rule out selling top scorer Jermain Defoe.

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The 33-year-old Defoe returned to England in January after spending six months with Toronto FC in Major League Soccer and has scored seven goals in all competitions for Sunderland this season.

“I think the business done in January will be minimal,” Allardyce told reporters. “It’s too small a window to find what you need, which are players of greater quality.”

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“At the moment we’re trying to … introduce a solidarity to our squad so, to introduce another four or five players, might actually cause more harm than good.”

Yet Allardyce refused to rule out selling former England international Defoe.

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“At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens,” he said, when asked if he would be willing to countenance the sale of the player who grabbed the winner in their 1-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

“If I ring an opposition manager or football club and I want one of their players, what determines if that player is available or isn’t available changes day by day.

“There’s no definite players that we know of going out from here. In terms of a specific player, we don’t know,” he added.

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Sunderland, whose win against Palace lifted them to third-from-bottom in the table, host 11th-placed Stoke City on Saturday.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru. Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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