Gustavo Poyet has called for the transfer deadline to be moved as Sunderland’s start to the Premier League season is played out to the soundtrack of potential comings and goings.
The Uruguayan reiterated his belief Connor Wickham will still be a Sunderland player when the window closes on September 1, but admits his side are still vulnerable to approaches while they continue their efforts to tempt Fabio Borini back to the Stadium of Light.
Poyet said: “It is tough because I would love to concentrate on the games, but I know reporters are going to ask me about Borini and other players. It shouldn’t be like that.
“I think everybody agrees and we need to find a way where the leagues across Europe start more or less the same week. I wouldn’t be surprised if a player scores against us one week then plays for us the next.”
Hoping he does not have to cope with any unwanted departures, he added: “I think they are going to come in for someone.
“I hope not, and I would like not, but that last day of the window is terrible.
“You don’t want to answer your phone or check your emails because you don’t want anything unexpected, like Lee Cattermole on the last day of the previous window.
“People love it and we all watch it, but I would just have the deadline earlier.”
Reporting no significant progress in his ongoing pursuit of Borini, the head coach stopped short of giving the Italian a definitive cut-off point by which to make up his mind.
He said: “There is a time, but I cannot put that deadline in. I would love to, because I am that type pf person.
“I would love to say if by Sunday that is it, then no, but I say give me a few more days.
“That happens and that is where we are, but we are getting close.
“I am ready just in case it is a ‘no’, but it is very difficult to explain all the reasons.
“It is not fair, but it is not as simple as it looks from outside.
“There are other things going on, but we are working on it.”
Still hoping to add to his squad as the Black Cats travel to the Hawthorns without the injured Billy Jones and Emanuele Giaccherini (pictured below), Poyet said: “We all want a little bit more in then squad and every manager is the same.
“We want that extra player, that extra body.
“There were moments where we were trying to sign a few players where they looked spectacular for us, then we realised they were outside of the price range we could bring to the club.
“There are clubs where if you don’t spend over £10m you cannot sign the player and that brings things to a certain level where you need to work that little bit differently.
“Knowing how and when to use the loans, how to get the players in – it is like a game.”
With Jack Rodwell poised to make his debut today, Poyet added: “I am excited and looking to keep him in the team as much as possible - performing, being fit and getting better.
“He had plenty of options and we were delighted when he chose us.
“That shows we are trying to do things in a way which suits his qualities and he is huge for us.
“Like any player who hasn’t been playing too much it is about a period of time.
“I hope he proves me wrong, though, by being the best player on the pitch, scoring and helping us win.
“He is the player we were looking for.
“He has power, the ability to create and he has a presence.”