PHIL Parkinson has revealed Sunderland are still hoping to bring in another player before this Friday’s transfer deadline.

After securing the services of Josh Scowen this week for an undisclosed fee from QPR, the Black Cats boss has brought in three players this month following the arrivals of Kyle Lafferty and Bailey Wright.

But Parkinson, who takes his side to Tranmere on Wednesday night looking to strengthen promotion ambitions, still wants more and seemed relatively confident Scowen could be followed by at least another.

“Possibly,” said the Sunderland manager. “We had to work hard to get Josh. It takes time but we identified him at the start of the window. There’s a possibility of a new signing but we will have to see if it is right for us.”

Sunderland are still considering options in the final third, not necessarily as an out-and-out striker following Lafferty’s arrival. They have an interest in Rangers winger Jordan Jones as well as Bristol City’s striker Antoine Semenyo.

But Parkinson is delighted to have secured the services of Scowen, 26, from QPR late on Monday night.

“Very pleased. He is a player that has won promotion at this level,” said Parkinson. “He’s a good age, with Championship experience, he can play a number of roles in midfield. Straight in the squad.”

Scowen will be in the squad at Tranmere, where Sunderland want to deliver three points before the window closes. He could still lose a player or two, including Aiden McGeady who has not been involved of late anyway.

“There’s nothing concrete,” he said. “There are games tonight so things will probably pick up speed on Thursday. There has been one or two enquiries for Aiden but nothing yet. We are hopeful something can happen.”

Sunderland head to Tranmere with a few other fitness issues.

Parkinson said: “Duncan Watmore picked up a knock when he came on on Friday. Nothing serious but Wednesday will come too soon for him.

“Kyle Lafferty picked up a dead leg but should be available. Will Grigg has been ill and had a virus so we have kept him away.”