Gus Poyet: 'Players choose London over North-East'

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland at The Hawthorns on August 16, 2014
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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admits that he faces a tough time bringing potential signings to the North-East when faced with competition against London clubs.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has admitted that potential signings would choose a move to a London club rather than play in the North-East.

The Black Cats have been frustrated in their attempts to add to their squad in recent weeks as a move for Fabio Borini has stalled, while Eduardo Vargas opted to join Queens Park Rangers instead of Poyet's men.

He told reporters: "If a player, especially a foreigner, has the choice of a club in London or here in the North-East in a similar situation, then he will pick London.

"When it comes to players we want, I won't tell them that Sunderland is on the outskirts of London. And I will be honest and tell them it is very windy here.

"I wouldn't want a new signing to come out on the training pitch with me for the first time in a gale not having been warned about it."

Sunderland face Manchester United in their next Premier League clash on Sunday.

Eduardo Vargas of Chile in action during the international friendly match between England and Chile at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2013
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