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Sunderland boss O'Neill happy to splash January cash

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill aims to spend in January.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short will back his manager in the transfer window.

O'Neill said: "We need to try to improve our strength in depth.

"If I feel a player is good value, I don't mind signing them. I did that at Aston Villa with Ashley Young and John Carew.

"Maybe there will be other short-term loans which would bolster us immediately. If you are going to pay for players, they would need to improve the team immediately and for the foreseeable future."

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