SUNDERLAND manager Jack Ross is working on a deal for Wigan midfielder Max Power - and he would love to land another striker too.

Power, 25, is expected on Wearside for a medical after the two clubs agreed a deal.

The Black Cats boss, who has had former Kaiserslautern forward Kacper Przybylko on trial, is keen to bring in an extra attacking option, while he has reported that there are unlikely to be any departures before 5pm.

That means Sunderland will have to be looking to do business with Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong after today, knowing they can move abroad until other countries’ windows close. Lee Cattermole and Bryan Oviedo are two other contenders to leave.

But Ross, speaking at the Academy of Light in the last hour, said: “We have fluctuated between bringing in some to not being able to bring any in. It’s gone up and down a bit, that’s to do with availability of players.

“The communication of how available players are, depending on who gives you the communication. From an agent’s perspective, players are always available. Then when you communicate with the club, you quickly find they are not.

“The dynamics are interesting, I think the loan market will be more realistic for us. I am not under duress in terms of the time frame there. At the moment I am not expecting anything in the next couple of hours, unless I go back down the corridor and something has changed.

“Richard Hill (head of football operations) and Tony Coton (chief scout) are working incredibly hard on it, with the exception of injuries I am fairly content with what I have got.”

He added: “We may still manage to do a little bit today. We have tried to identify that over the last few months. The loan window will benefit us and other clubs. It is getting the balance right of getting players to help you in a short term and then others to play for you longer term.

“We may do some business. No more I am aware of leaving today. I have said that previously as well. In terms of ins and outs we won’t know for certain until the end of the month when the loan window closes.”

Sunderland head to Luton on Saturday looking to build on the opening weekend victory over Charlton. The Hatters will be a dangerous proposition at Kenilworth Road, where Sunderland full-back Reece James is unlikely to figure despite recovering from injury.

Ross said: “You can do as much home work as you want and then the team plays in a different way.

“We have done a lot of preparation, but that could change match day. It is another test, I thought it was a really big test on Saturday gone and then away from home this Saturday, their first home game of the season, where they have a good home record last season, so this is one of the toughest away games we could have faced at the start.

“If we can come out of these two games with good results then that’s a good start.”