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Sunderland transfers: Chris Coleman planning loan additions in January; Sunderland are strapped for cash, leaving new manager Chris Coleman searching for loan signings to reinforce his threadbare squad.

Byline: James Hunter

Chris Coleman will scour the loan market in a bid to strengthenSunderland's squad in January.

The Black Cats boss has admitted that he will only be able to spend any money if he can move players out first and, with no guarantees that there will be any takers, he has already begun exploring the possibility of adding new faces on loan.

Sunderlandalready have four loan players - the Everton duo of Ty Browning and Brendan Galloway, Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban, and Crystal Palace's Jonny Williams - andColemanis acutely aware that the rules only allow him to name four loanees in his matchday squad.

But there is no limit on how many loan players a club can have at any one time.

"We've had that conversation," he said of the restriction on numbers. "You can have as many as you like in the building, but only five in the matchday squad.

"It's needs must, for us.

"If we can get someone in on loan, we can get something out of them between now and the end of the season.

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"We have to be brutally honest with other clubs if we are taking their players on loan, as far as what is happening here.

"But we don't want to be bringing in players for the sake of it, not using them but just adding to the squad. We only want to bring in players who are going to make us better.

"We have to do our homework on the individuals that we bring in, and we have to get it right.

"Are they a bit different to what we have got? Can they make us a bit more dynamic?

"If they can, I don't mind if they are 18, 19, 20, or 21, if they are capable then we will try to bring them here."

Regardless of whetherSunderland move anyone on in January, Coleman says there is likely to be a small amount of money available to cover the wages of a loan player which at least gives him some room for manoeuvre.

But he has put together two lists of targets, depending on just how much money he has to play with.

He said: "I think there is a little bit of space there for us to do some twisting and turning.

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"And definitely, if we lose one or two [players].

"If we lose one or two who are on big salaries, that will free up money to bring in other people.

"If someone comes in and buys one of our players, that will change again.

"I have lists of possible loans if we don't get anybody out, and I have a list of possible loans or buys if we sell or if players leave us on loan.

"There are different scenarios for us to look at."

Sunderland have players, such asLamine Kone, who have expressed a desire to leave and Coleman says if someone comes in for any of those it could suit all parties.

"Looking at it, I think there are certain players who would like to go and play elsewhere -- I'm not giving away any secrets by saying that," he said.

"That creates a feeling of negativity and it is hard to be around that, when it's been there for a long time.

"Transfer windows are funny.

"There might be one or two players that you don't want, but you can't get them out, and there might be some that you want to keep, but they are the ones that other clubs want to take off you.

"That's the nature of the game.

"I think there will be interest in one or two of our players, maybe as loan deals, and we will have to wait and see about that.

"Who knows, there could be clubs in the Premier League in January that look at some of our boys who have performed in the top flight and have experience, and they may want to bring them in.

"That could work for all parties.

"If we do lose one or two faces, I see that as a little step in the right direction towards building something new.

"I want to build something new.

"We have to come through where we are now by hook or by crook. Once we do that and I settle things down, then I can start building."

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