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Sunderland boss Bruce keen to extend scouting network into Africa

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is willing to cast his net even wider to rake in new talent.

With players in Europe attracting premium prices, Bruce is willing to look further and further afield to get value for money in the transfer market.

And that means extending his scouting network to cover Africa, as well as continuing to talent-spot in South America.

Bruce said: "The only problem with getting players in from Africa is making sure they can get a work permit.

"They have to be established internationals to get a permit to come here, and by that time they have usually been picked up by big clubs in Europe in countries where the work permit rules are different.

"But if you're in football management now, you have to be creative.

"Whether you are looking at Egypt, Africa, Honduras, Paraguay or wherever - you have to explore everywhere.

"Players cost a lot so you have to be creative and think about where you can get good value for your money. I've just had a meeting with my scouting staff this week to talk about future plans, and we'll go anywhere looking for players."

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