Sbragia scouting for the summer

24 February 2009 01:46
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has revealed the club are already making plans for the summer transfer market.[LNB] The Black Cats conducted minimal business in the winter window because manager Ricky Sbragia only succeeded Roy Keane at the Stadium of Light in December.[LNB]However, Quinn - who has stated he expects Sbragia to stay beyond his current 18-month contract - has now confirmed that scouting is taking place as the club plot reinforcements.[LNB]Loan signings Tal Ben-Haim and Calum Davenport arrived in mid-season and those deals could become permanent, while Sbragia is working hard to reduce the risk-factor in any other potential new signings, according to Quinn. [LNB]StructureHe told SAFC TV: "We always have a plan around six months ahead. One of the interesting things about the recent transfer window is that Ricky got the job just before it opened.[LNB]"He didn't want to sign players he had not seen personally and that was reflected in his policy.[LNB]"Of the players who came in, Tal Ben-Haim worked with Ricky at Bolton and we have seen Calum Davenport play week in, week out.[LNB]"We will see what those loan deals come to at the end of the season.[LNB]"Ricky is already scouting for next season. Clubs always take a punt on buying a player but Ricky wants his punt to be as structured as possible."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports