Date:Monday December 11 2006
Roy Keane has admitted he is ready to spend this January, and already has his eye on several targets.
Anthony Stokes is one of them, after the boss has had him watched in games against Celtic and Hearts,
'I have seen him play twice in the last month against Celtic and Hearts, two of the better teams in Scotland, and he played very well.
'We're interested in any quality player and he is that. He's a very good player, he has done very well and he's someone we're looking at, I have to say that.
'He's a goalscorer and he's a threat. He makes good runs and is direct. He's a real good talent and he's young. He's a young, hungry player.'
And despite being linked to Stephen Pearson, Giuseppe Rossi and Nicky Butt amongst others, Keano is insisting that while he has a bit of cash, he is not expecting to be given the nod from Quinny to go mental with Irish wonga,
'We certainly haven't got a fortune to spend, but I think there's a perception out there in some parts of the game that we do.
'I think there's a danger that people are expecting January to come along and we'll be spending 15, 20, 30 or £40million.
'We are hoping to be in the market for players - of course we are - but we will have to wheel and deal like everyone else.'
Quite how much Sunderland will spend this January is anyone's guess, but one thing is for sure, even if we did have millions to spend, Keane and Quinn would not be naive enough to go spouting it around to every man and his bank manager.
And while hoping to spend, Keano is insistent that those out on loan are not necessarily out of his plans for this season's promotion push,
'You have to remember that we have eight or nine players who are due to come back to the club in January. And while some of them will be going out on loan again, there could be one or two who will be staying.
'Some of them have done very well and added that bit of experience under their belts and could be useful to the squad. As far as signings go, in an ideal world we'd like everyone we bring in to join the club permanently.
'But sometimes that isn't realistic and we have to look at the possibility of bringing in some players on loan.
'One or two of the players we've been talking to and looking to bring in, it's understandable that their clubs don't want them to leave on a full-time basis.
'But they do want them to get more first team games under their belt and that's where we might be able to benefit them and them benefit us.'
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