Sunderland to buy British

Sunderland's new sporting director Lee Congerton has stated that he will be turning the club's transfer policy back towards buying British players.

Last Updated: 01/04/14 at 10:59 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Congerton arrived at the Stadium of Light last month, taking over from Italian Roberto de Fanti, who had brought in almost exclusively foreign players to the club.

Indeed, of the 14 players signed by Sunderland last summer, only non-league striker Duncan Whatmore was British.

And Congerton confirmed that the club's policy will be changing going forward as they look to the domestic front.

"Ultimately we want British players, but they cost a lot more money so we need to be smart in the market place and do our research thoroughly," he told Sunderland's matchday programme.

"When you bring in a foreign player you've got to appreciate the difficulties off the field and the patience needed.

"It helps if they've already played in the league. I look at Fabio Borini, who I think has been a success this year.

"He's a foreign player, but he's been established in this country since he was around 15 or 16 years of age. I think that's a market you have to look at quite carefully."

Congerton confirmed he will be holding a meeting with manager Gus Poyet about their transfer plans in the near future.

"I've not really known Gus. Obviously I've seen his Brighton team play before and he does, in my opinion, play football the right way," he said.

"We want players who can play that way. There will be a scouts meeting where over two days we'll discuss with Gus the types of players we are looking for.

"I'll then be assessing which potential targets are realistic and also assessing our loan players because at the end of the day, they are our players."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

S

toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

megabrow (cufc)
Being Defensive About Being Defensive...

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

Footer 365

FA planning to send men's and women's GB teams to 2016 Olympics

FA are planning to send men's and women's Great Britain teams to compete in the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio.

Tottenham announce that legend and former captain Dave Mackay has died

Tottenham have announced that their former captain Dave Mackay has died. He was 80.

Liverpool boss Rodgers says Coutinho should be named top player

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes the form of Philippe Coutinho should make him player of the year.

Mail Box

Henderson The Best Midfielder In PL?

Jordan Henderson is named by two afternoon Mailboxers as the PL's best midfielder, while another suggests Man United are trying to emulate Barca...

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company