Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has revealed that he wants to sign two more full-backs along with a creative midfield player.
Di Canio told the Shields Gazette: "We need two full-backs to challenge for places and one central midfield player. We don't know what will happen with Alfred yet. There is a process.
"But even if he doesn't leave, in my opinion we need a specific player with specific characteristics in there. In the way I want to play, I want someone in the middle who can play with Cabral, Seb [Larsson] or even Alfred.
"Someone who brings the keys to the house - an intelligent player with fantastic ability."
Sunderland will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the first match of the Barclays Asia Trophy later today.