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Poyet says he won't panic-buy

Gus Poyet insists he won't be rushed into making any panic-buys as he tries to ensure Sunderland's Premier League survival this season.

Sunderland currently lie bottom of the Premier League, but an upturn in their fortunes since Poyet has been in charge has seen the Wearside club lose just once in their last six matches.

And the Uruguayan says he is not just targeting seasoned professionals in the January transfer window, insisting he will be looking for quality players who can make a difference to his side regardless of age or experience.

"It's not about just bringing in players for the sake of bringing in players," Poyet said. "We'll stay calm. It's the sixth so there are still 20 days to go!"

"That's the most difficult part in January. In the summer, you've got time normally so you can check plenty of things and really go deeper into situations.

"Saying that, we work, I know what I want and what we're looking for and we will see what we can get.

"I don't think it's one way only. It's not like everybody needs to be experienced. It's a mix and we need to make a few changes if possible and we need to make sure it affects the team in a positive way."

Sunderland entertain Manchester United on Tuesday in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tie before travelling to fellow Premier League strugglers Fulham on Saturday.

Fulham are five points ahead of Poyet's men in 16th position in the Premier League, but Rene Meulentseen's side are the only team in the league with an inferior goal difference to Sunderland.