Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is targeting overseas signings as it is proving too difficult and expensive to buy English talent.
The Uruguayan has already bolstered his ranks in the January transfer window with the loan signing of Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso, while Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini also looks poised to move to the Stadium of Light.
Poyet has also confirmed an interest in Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar and Internacional forward Ignacio Scocco, as he looks to boost the team's chances of survival, with Sunderland currently propping up the Premier League table.
The 46-year-old has been keen to add English players to his squad as well, with Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Liam Bridcutt - who Poyet managed during his tenure at the south-coast club - a well-publicised target, while Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes has also been mooted as a possible option.
But Poyet concedes it has been difficult to complete deals for homegrown talent.
"We had a problem in the summer to buy in England, it's not easy," Poyet said. "It's very difficult, I can tell you that.
"Sometimes there are English players and they're on the bench at teams and not playing and they should be playing in another team, but because we cannot pay them (enough), there's no chance of them coming.
"There are teams who want too much money. There are teams who have no limit on what they pay. There are clubs with more money and big squads and it's impossible to get those players.
"I wanted to play when I was a player but it's down to the player's character, the future they have and what they want.
"It's like in any other industry, we always say it about football but if you go to Formula One and a driver changes teams it's because they pay more, they don't move to earn less.
"It's just the way football has gone and I don't know where it's going to finish. There have been moments where I thought it (wage rises) would stop but there's always a way around it.
"I think there are players who deserve to be playing more, but for different reasons they can't play."
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