Quinn closing on targets

09 July 2009 07:08
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn aims to pick up the pace with his transfer targets now the squad are back in pre-season training. The Black Cats chairman has a list of players he is hoping to bring to the club before the new term gets underway. Manchester City defender Richard Dunne has been named on a long list of summer targets which also includes Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch, Spurs frontman Darren Bent and Manchester United youngster Fraizer Campbell. Quinn, though, admits that it will be no easy task bringing such high-profile players to the club. He does, however, anticipate a lively spell during pre-season and has described the Black Cats camp as a "hive of activity." "There's a great excitement around the place and, after all the talking we have been doing for the last six weeks, it's all now down to the action," he said. "The players coming back is a big thing. The place is a hive of activity." To date, only Michael Chopra and Greg Halford have left the club, although their may be other departures over the coming weeks. Despite that likelihood, boss Steve Bruce has insisted he will give every player a chance to prove themselves on the pitch. Reflecting on the club's decision to appoint Bruce as manager, Quinn told the club's official website: "He's clued in. He's with it. Above all, he understands and he gets what this area is all about in football terms. "Whether he was born five or six miles left or right, that's not the point. The point is that he knows what gets a north east crowd at the edge of their seats."

Source: SKY_Sports