Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is hopeful of making a series of breakthroughs in the transfer market within weeks.
The 48-year-old wants to start the process of re-shaping his squad even before the Black Cats open their pre-season campaign at Darlington on July 16 if possible but, if not, certainly by the time they head off for the Amsterdam Tournament around a week later.
Bruce told the club's official website: "I would hope to have some new faces in by the time of the opening friendly, or at least by the time we go to the Amsterdam Tournament.
"I'm on the phone all of the time and am in constant touch with [chairman] Niall [Quinn] and [chief executive] Steve Walton.
"Hopefully we will have some new faces around at the start and that would be terrific."