Football - Di Canio still chasing new players

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio insists his summer transfer business is far from finished as he looks to add at least two new faces to his bulging Stadium of Light squad.

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Di Canio has already brought in 10 new players as part of his Black Cats revolution butadmits he is still searching for a midfield playmaker as well as a left-sided defender.

Ahead of his side's season opener against Fulham on Saturday, Di Canio said he was "99 per cent" sure of his starting line-up but stressed the importance of having competition for places.

Di Canio said: "If there is a chance then one or two more would be welcome and the club is working on this.

"I'm happy up front and at the back and I'm happy in the middle, but we miss something. I hope in the next few days we are going to get something there.

"I'm not worried about having a large squad because I want to have a chance to choose from a group of five rather than only two.

"For me it's important to have players pushing for their place, and the other players have to maintain their place by doing well daily."

But Di Canio confirmed defender Wes Brown will miss the opener against the Cottagers after suffering a slight recurrence of a knee injury in training last week.

The news was a blow for Brown, who looked to have come through his side's pre-season schedule unscathed, but Di Canio was keen to put the player's latest setback into perspective.

"I want to think positive. We couldn't expect to see Wes Brown go all the way through pre-season, but the problem was a knock he received in a session last week, and for that we don't want to risk him.

"Even if he misses the first game, he waited nearly a whole year so it's not an issue. It's important that he's okay and in the next few days he can join the team and be ready to be selected for any match.

"He probably couldn't expect himself to go through all the training, but he never missed a session and he was surprised and happy and so were we.

"It's disappointing obviously, because he did everything until 12 days ago, but it's important there are no problems there."

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