Bruce - No striker search

Black Cats boss in no hurry to find a replacement for Bent

Bruce: No need to panic

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is still chasing transfer targets, but insists a striker is not a priority.

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The Black Cats find themselves short on firepower after offloading Darren Bent to Aston Villa in an £18million deal.

It was expected that they would put some of the fee recouped in that sale towards a replacement, with it important that the goal-getting void is filled.

Bruce, though, claims to be happy with those already at his disposal and is not expecting to dip into the market for a frontman before Monday's deadline.

He admits he is still hoping to land Paris St Germain's Stephane Sessegnon and Inter Milan's Sulley Muntari, but says he will not be rushed into any other hasty decisions.

"The two we are looking to bring in have always been on the radar," Bruce told Sunderland's official website.

"They were always on the cards. Of course we are a striker short as well.

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"We do have six games in the next two months, which is crazy considering we had five games over Christmas.

"It's important not to panic. I stress to the supporters we will make sure we do what's right for the club in how we spend.

"In my opinion there is no value out there at the moment [in terms of strikers].

"My thoughts are, apart from if something seriously changes on Monday, let's go with what we've got apart from the two additions which would be fantastic."

Asked whether any of those on the fringes of his first-team plans could be on the move before the window slams shut, Bruce added: "At this moment it's very difficult.

"The likes of Andy Reid, Matt Kilgallon and others on the fringes have always had enquiries, but at this moment, no."