Bruce ready to shop
New Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is looking forward to flexing his muscles in the transfer market. With The Black Cats now being funded by Texan billionaire Ellis Short - who recently took over full ownership at The Stadium of Light, Bruce has the biggest budget he has ever been in charge of. He is now considering his options, but admits he is not used to looking at the calibre of players he will now be bidding for. Indeed he feels he has gone from shopping at Tesco to Harrods. "I will scour the market and see what's available," he told The Journal. "June tends to be pretty quiet with a lot of managers on their summer break. The jostling for position hasn't really started yet - but I will scour around before I lie on my sunbed! "I haven't had a conversation about how much money there is available, but I have spoken to the owner and he doesn't want to be involved at the bottom [of the Premier League] again. He did say he will back me. "I have always been good value for money in the transfer market, and I will always try to be. But I'm looking at players I have never looked at before. "It's like shopping in Harrods now, not Tesco. "I don't have specific targets just yet, but I do have one or two ideas up my sleeve."
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