Sam Allardyce says Sunderland will be looking at the loan market in January as he assesses his options to strengthen the Black Cats squad.
Allardyce took over on Wearside in October with the club second-bottom in the Premier League. The manager has since inspired an improvement, with three wins, three defeats and a draw in his seven games in charge.
The former Newcastle and West Ham boss has been looking at reinforcements to bolster his squad in an effort to climb further away from the foot of the table.
Allardyce travelled to France to watch Lorient v PSG last week, possibly with a move for defender Lamine Kone in mind.
QPR striker Charlie Austin, and Olympiakos left-back Arthur Masuaku are also said to be targets, but Allardyce says the club will be focusing on the loan market in January.
Allardyce told the Sunderland Echo: “I’d say we’ll be looking at loans, with the opportunity to buy.
“That gives us the chance to have a look at them.
“The reality is will someone come and face the fight?
“Will they want to come and sign a long-term contract with the possibility that we might get relegated?
“The best situation we’ll be in in January is still out of the bottom three.”