Sunderland boss Steve Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn whilst desperate to replace the departed Darren Bent are also aware of the dangers of buying in haste and repenting at leisure. In the interim their main concentration is currently on Europe and a short-term signing with a view to a permanent move during the summer.
The focus on Europe can be explained by the fact Barclays Premier League clubs are only allowed four domestic loan deals a season and only two at any one time.
Quinn has played down talk of a move for Tottenham's Robbie Keane.
He told Kildare TV: "What we are looking for to help [Asamoah] Gyan and Danny Welbeck along is probably a physical presence.
"Robbie works well off a big physical player, but we don't have that now. Robbie doesn't quite suit us now."