By Kevin Phillips

15th Aug, 2021 | 10:09am

Phillips: This is how many players Sunderland will sign before 31 August after confirmed news

Kevin Phillips claims Sunderland will sign two more players before the transfer window shuts.

The Black Cats legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, made his prediction as the club confirmed the signing of Frederik Alves.

Sunderland announced the capture of the defender on 13th August.

He joins on a season-long loan from West Ham and follows Dennis Cirkin through the door st the stadium of light.

Cirkin arrived on a permanent deal from Tottenham and was thrown into the starting lineup to face MK Dons on Saturday.

Phillips insists the Black Catsโ€™ business isnโ€™t done and heโ€™s hoping the club sign two more quality players.

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โ€œI always like to bring in quality over quantity,โ€ Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

โ€œThe problem is every team is out there looking for quality players.

โ€œSunderland have the edge in terms of finances, look at 30,000 in the ground most weeks.

โ€œThat alone is a reason to bring in more players before the window shuts.

โ€œI think there will be two more signings but I donโ€™t want to see squad players.

โ€œI want two players who can come in and really push to break into that team.

โ€œFrom the managerโ€™s point of view, he does need those squad players in a League One season.

โ€œI want to see two quality additions either way.โ€

Sunderland beat MK Dons 2-1 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The Black Cats are next in action against Burton Albion on Tuesday evening.

In other news, Phillips tells Sunderland to โ€˜do the dealโ€™ after Josh Key update via BBC.