McCarthy targeting striker
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mick McCarthy is chasing a new centre forward but he refused to identify Michael Chopra and David Connolly as targets.
The Sunderland manager is pleased with his summer spending thus far and feels several of his new boys will make an impact on Wearside.
After losing out in the play-offs last term, the former Republic of Ireland boss is determined to take The Black Cats back into the top flight.
"As a club we don't have the financial clout to buy household names so we recognised better, younger players and had them watched a lot," he told Sky Sports News.
"Our scouts and myself decided they were the ones we wanted to bring in.
"Are they going to be in the first team? That's why I brought them here - to be in the first team.
"They are good, young players who are as keen as mustard. I think it's nice to bring young players to try and improve them and hope they can improve us."
As for the speculation regarding a host of other names, McCarthy would not be drawn on the subject.
"I don't even know the names we've been linked with," he protested.
"It was the end of the last season when Chopra was mooted.
"I'm still looking for players, still looking for a number of positions and certainly centre forward is one.
"It's wrong to mention names. We tend to cast our net wide.
"People find out and names get thrown out, but we're still interested in signing players."
Meanwhile, the club have ended their eight-year listing on the Stock Exchange with Bryan Sanderson to step down as chairman next month.