David Moyes is after a right-back and a striker at least before the season begins but admits signing a lot of players will be tricky.
Moyes is busy assessing the squad he inherited from Sam Allardyce at Sunderland and knows he needs to strengthen in several areas.
The Black Cats have yet to sign anyone this summer but now Moyes is in place, the former Everton and Manchester United boss will look to quickly find new players he believes will improve his options.
The Scot says identifying those he can develop is important and will look to use a similar model to the one he used at Everton, where the likes of Leighton Baines, Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka were brought in and slowly nurtured into top international stars.
He said: “I am going to have to find players who I think can progress. We have to go and find players who will become future international players, like Leighton Baines or Phil Jagielka were for me.
“Those people of the game, the Joleon Lescotts, players who we bought and went on to become international players, I would like to follow a similar path if it is possible here. I would like to go that direction, rather than always buying just to stay up.”
A new right-back and striker are his immediate priorities in the transfer window but Moyes admits he will not be able to do all his business before the campaign gets underway against Manchester City a week on Saturday.
He added in the Northern Echo: “I don’t want to be held to how many I need because that will depend on what’s available but I think it’s well documented that we’ve been short of a right-back, definitely.
“And we’ve only got one centre-forward really in Jermain Defoe – we’ve got others who can do the job at other times. But I would like to strengthen in most areas if it comes up. The truth is I won’t get it all done. But I’ll try to get good bits of it done if I can.”