Sunderland academy chief Ged McNamee says their priority is to bring through Northeast talent.
McNamee insists the onus is giving local kids their chance.
He told The Journal: â€œWeâ€™re different from other Academies. Some other Academies have a desire to bring in players from a distance or from other countries, where weâ€™re more localised.
â€œThe majority of our boys are local boys. We do go into foreign markets, but not as readily as other Academies. Certainly Middlesbrough are the same.
â€œWe look internationally, but my view has always been that, when we look at that market, we look at what we have in our Academy and ask: â€˜Is he better than whatâ€™s in the building?â€™ If he is better and heâ€™s better than the player on our matrix we will pursue that."