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Quinn vows to bolster squad

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has assured manager Steve Bruce that he will help him build an exciting squad for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

• Quinn slams Gyan reports

The Black Cats are scheduled to open the season away at Liverpool, a fixture that could see new Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson make his league debut for the Merseysiders against his former, and home-town, club.

Henderson's recent departure, along with that of striker Darren Bent in January, has left Bruce with a major rebuilding job to do, but Quinn is optimistic the head coach will do just that.

"The journey begins again and it promises to be an interesting one," the Irishman told the club's official website. "We have got a tough start to the season, but you have to play everyone twice during the course of the season, so it all evens itself out."

"We are looking to build an exciting squad to meet the challenges to come, and I'm confident we will be able to do that. As a club, we are exploring a number of potential signings and have been speaking to a number of players and agents.

"There's a real sense of excitement now and I hope the fans will get behind us and back us through the turnstiles. We are all moving ahead in the same direction and there's plenty to look forward to."

Deals to sign strikers Ji Dong-Won and David Ngog are nearing completion, while free transfer moves for Keiren Westwood and Sebastian Larsson are reportedly at an advanced stage.

Additional signings such as Darron Gibson from Manchester United could be on the way as Sunderland will be looking to improve from their tenth place finish last season.

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