Bruce - We're OK without Bent
Steve Bruce will not panic into bolstering his strikeforce after seeing Sunderland win 2-1 at Blackpool.
Last Updated: 22/01/11 7:42pm
Steve Bruce insists he will not be panicked into bolstering his strikeforce after seeing his Sunderland side earn a 2-1 victory at Blackpool.
The Black Cats barely missed top scorer Darren Bent following his shock £18m move to Aston Villa as Bruce's decision to play goalscorer Kieran Richardson just behind lone striker Asamoah Gyan paid dividends.
Bruce has been linked to Stoke's Ricardo Fuller as well as a host of other strikers since Bent's departure.
But he will not pay over the odds for players.
He said: "We're aware we need to strengthen in attacking areas but one thing we won't do is panic.
"Some of the prices we've been quoted I think some of the chief executives think we've got a stack full of money and we're going to part with it.
"But we're managing and if the right one comes available for the right price then we'll try to do something."
On the possibility of signing Fuller, Bruce added: "I think it would be wrong for me to mention other people's players after the week I've had.
"But he is something we are interested in.
"We have had a conversation with Stoke but at the moment as far as I'm aware we haven't agreed anything."
Sunderland showed there is life after former talisman Bent with Richardson and Gyan combining superbly throughout the victory at Bloomfield Road.
Bruce was full of praise for Richardson, who scored his first goals in 15 months on his 200th career appearance, and Ghana star Gyan.
Bruce said: "To be fair to Kieran I have played him left back, right back, wide right, wide left, middle of midfield and today I asked him to play off the front man which he enjoys.
"And he did it very well. He was a constant threat."
He added: "I think that's the best Asamoah Gyan has played for us.
"He's revelled in what he does best which is playing up front on his own.
"He does that for his country and what he's done throughout his career. And it certainly suited him."