Sunderland manager Roy Keane has had a good month. The January transfer window has now closed and Keane was left to reflect upon his work. Sunderland signed six players before the end of the window including goalkeeper Marton Fulop, winger Carlos Edwards, strikers Anthony Stokes and Stern John and defenders Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson on loan from Manchester United.

The Sunderland boss admits he lost out on a handful of targets over the last few weeks but said that overall he was delighted with the business he managed to complete during the window.

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“If you look over the last few months, we’ve had a few targets, we’ve managed to get most of them. Just two or three slipped by,” he said. “Money has been made available – Niall (Quinn) and Pete (Walker) have been working hard in the background. After the game (Palace) we were relaxed, we’d done our bit of business. It was different when I first got the job – we only 48 hours to tie a few players up. As long as you get your business done two or three days before the deadline, then it’s OK. I haven’t found it too much of a problem, I have to say.”

Keane also understands the reasons behind losing out to the other targets. “You could have £100m to spend, but it’s difficult in terms of lots of these players want to play in the Premiership,” he said. “A few of these players have signed for Premiership clubs that we were speaking to a couple of weeks ago. But I understand that – these players give 100 per cent and they want to play in the Premiership. It wasn’t to be. But generally speaking I’m delighted with lads I’ve got. Hopefully we can have a good end to the season.” Load more

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