McCarthy tight-lipped on targets

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Mick McCarthy has refused to comment on speculation linking Sunderland with a loan bid for Celtic's Alan Thompson.

The Black Cats chief will be scouring the loan market in January for reinforcements as his side end the year at the bottom of the Premiership pile.

Although a left-sided midfielder would hardly seem a priority for the Wearsiders, with Julio Arca generally accepted as the best player at the club, Thompson's name has been mentioned in the press.

"I would like to add to the squad," said McCarthy. "But I won't comment on individual players.

"It's tantamount to tapping them up.

"I won't get involved in that but, yes, I would like to bring a couple of players in."

McCarthy also had some sympathy for the club's supporters, who have endured a difficult time this term.

"It was the right decision," he said of the postponement of Wednesday's clash at Blackburn Rovers.

"It wouldn't have been safe to play on it and it was only going to get colder.

"But it was really difficult for the fans. I feel sorry for them.

"The holiday fixtures are fine but four games in eight days is excessive, it really is.

"But let's not look at the football. What about the people paying to watch four games in eight days?

"I don't know where they get the dosh from for four games in eight days."

Rangers striker Steven Thompson is another name mentioned in connection with Sunderland ahead of the transfer window reopening.