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Congerton spells out transfer approach

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by Stuart Vose

Sporting director says club won't be rushed into deals.

Sunderland are active in the transfer market but won’t be rushed into summer signings, according to sporting director Lee Congerton.

Congerton, head coach Gus Poyet and the football staff have identified summer targets, with deals for Billy Jones, Jordi Gomez and Costel Pantilimon already completed.

We don’t want to sign players for the sake of it because that can cause problems later on

- Lee Congerton

Meanwhile Seb Larsson and Jordan Pickford have both agreed new long-term contracts with the club.

The Black Cats are pro-actively targeting new faces, but the considered approach is very much the way forward.

“The market is out there, it’s working, people are out doing business and everything is being done behind the scenes,” said Congerton, who met with Foundation of Light supporters and corporate partners at the charity’s fixtures breakfast on Wednesday morning.

“Everything’s ongoing but at the end of the day we’re in no rush. We want to sign the right players.

“We don’t want to sign players for the sake of it because that can cause problems later on.”

He added: “Obviously last year the club did very well with loans and we’ll go into the loan market again.

“Hopefully in years to come the loan market won’t be as important as it is today and we’ll have more players who've come either from the academy or belong to Sunderland AFC.”

Three domestic friendlies have already been confirmed ahead of the new season, with the squad then set to fly out to Portugal for a warm-weather training camp.

There’s a massive challenge for us and there’s no easy games, but we’re going the right way

- Congerton on 2014-15

And Congerton feels the squad will benefit from a full pre-season under the guidance of Poyet, who joined the club last October.

“Pre-season is so important for any coach or manager,” he said.

“Gus has ideas and strategy and a way of playing. He understands how he wants to play and gets his message across.

“He creates practices for the players, but they’re always specific to how he wants to play, not just with the ball but without it and in transition.

“I’m very confident that Gus will shape our team into a competitive side for next season. We’re looking forward to it. There’s a massive challenge for us and there’s no easy games, but we’re going the right way.”