Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is awaiting the outcome of his club's bids for strikers as the winter transfer deadline fast approaches.
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O'Neill revealed after the 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw with Swansea, in which prime target Danny Graham might have snatched victory for the visitors at the death, that the Black Cats had made "a couple" of offers and were hoping for a breakthrough before Thursday's deadline.
He said: "We have made bids for a couple of players, but we didn't make them overnight, we made them some time ago.
"Of course, it's absolutely the prerogative of the team to whom we have put these bids in either to accept or not accept as the case may be.
"We wouldn't be the only club in that sort of position, this idea that we are waiting until January 31.
"There may be a host of signings in the next 48 hours, I don't know, but there's every possibility because that seems to have been the way of it in the last number of years."
Sunderland's interest in 27-year-old Graham has been well publicised despite O'Neill's refusal to acknowledge it publicly, but his appearance as a second-half substitute was booed by sections of the home crowd, a reflection of his Geordie roots and his comments about their club in a fanzine interview.
But O'Neill said with a smile: "I think he is himself reportedly a Newcastle fan, so I think the reaction to that was probably quite a natural reaction.
"But Bob Stokoe was looking down at him."
Graham could have established himself as a real villain on Wearside had he converted Michu's injury-time knock-down, although it took a fine block by Titus Bramble to deny him.
Sunderland could hardly have complained had the visitors emerged with the three points after turning in a lacklustre display, particularly before the break.
Swans keeper Gerhard Tremmel had only one save of note to make from Sebastian Larsson's first-half free-kick, and although opposite number Simon Mignolet was little busier, Nathan Dyer passed up a glorious opportunity before Graham's big moment.
O'Neill said: "We played very disappointingly in the game. Coming on the back of a couple of great wins, I thought we were going into the game with plenty of confidence, and also with the weekend off, I thought we would be refreshed and really ready to go.
"But other than a spell just after half-time for a while, I thought Swansea, possibly without looking all that fantastically dangerous themselves, really dictated a lot of the game."
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup was the happier manager having seen his side put their Capital One Cup heroics to one side to turn in an away performance which could and perhaps should have brought more.
He said: "In Swansea, everybody since then has been talking only about the Chelsea game and the final on February 24.
"Absolutely no-one has spoken one word about Sunderland and the league game today, so it was very important for me to see the reaction from the squad, and that's why I am really pleased."
Laudrup insisted he had no qualms about naming Graham in his 18, but admitted he does not know what will happen with him over the next 48 hours.
He said: "There are still two days to go and at this stage, it's much better to wait until February 1.
"After that, it's easier for everybody to answer the questions than to start to guess what will happen in the next 49, 50 hours."