So if no one is staying, where are this lot gannin? Latest on seven potential Sunderland exits

There's suggestions that virtually no Sunderland first team player wants to stay at the Stadium of Light for the new season. So where are this lot gannin then?

by Will_White Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:24 PM Comments

New Sunderland boss Jack Ross has a heck of a job on his hands this summer. There's been suggestions for a while now that almost none of the Black Cats first team squad want to stay at the club to play in League One.

We all know Paddy McNair and Joel Asoro are the two prized assets who are in demand, but who exactly is after this lot?

Papy Djilobodji

He hasn't been seen on Wearside for nearly a year but it's theoretically possible that Papy Djilobodji will turn up in a couple of weeks time to report for pre-season training.

The Senegalese defender has restored his reputation somewhat after a successful season on loan with FCO Dijon, and he nearly got a call-up for the World Cup, but there's zero chance he'll stay at Sunderland next season.  

Dijon have already said they can't afford Djilobodji's wages and Sunderland subsidised a chunk of them last season. If that's the case, it's unlikely anyone else in France will make a move for the 29-year-old.

Reports in Turkey have linked him with a loan move to Trabzonspor. Djilobodji has been linked with the Super Lig club before so this could simply be another lazy link. 

Aiden McGeady 

Aiden McGeady was something of a disappointment last season and all but packed in playing after Simon Grayson had left. He's 32 now and probably only has a couple of years left in him. 

It seems unlikely McGeady will stay at Sunderland but it is notable that there's barely been a single transfer story linking him anywhere. He was mooted as a target for Aston Villa last month but that was before everyone's least favourite Midlands club started teetering on the brink of financial oblivion. 

Callum McManaman

Another disappointing winger, McManaman's career continued its stagnation with an underwhelming season at the Stadium of Light. Clearly talented, the 27-year-old has now failed to make an impact at Sunderland, and at Sheffield Wednesday and West Brom, prior to his arrival on Wearside last summer. 

He made his name at Wigan and there have been some tentative suggestions that the Latics might take him back for next season, but on loan. He has another year left on his Sunderland deal. 

Didier Ndong

Seemingly Torino got cold feet last week over a deal for Sunderland's record signing. Reports in the Italian media today have suggested the Serie A club's president changed his mind after manager Walter Mazzarri couldn't be convinced that Ndong is what he's looking for. There was also a suggestion that the player's wage demands were prohibitive. 

Ndong has been linked elsewhere with the likes of Cardiff City mooted as a potential destination. Some folks in Wales have this week reckoned that the link to the Bluebirds is still 'live'. Either way, there's no way he'll be at Sunderland for much longer. 

George Honeyman

Supposedly he hasn't formally requested to leave yet, but rumour has it that George Honeyman quite fancies heading for pastures new this summer. His agent is former Sunderland CEO Margaret Byrne and the 23-year-old could probably land a gig in the Championship. Sheffield Wednesday have been linked with him previously. 

Wahbi Khazri

The latest seems to be that Besiktas are preparing a "substantial" offer for the soon-to-be World Cup man. A two-year loan deal has been mentioned. Lots of French clubs are also supposedly lining up to take him off Sunderland's hands this summer too, including Marseille, Lyon, Monaco and Nice. 

Each of those Ligue 1 clubs have sold, or are on the brink of selling, big names for big bucks this summer so they will have cash to splash. The Besiktas link originates from a YahooSport journalist who lives in France. The chap boasts that he specialises in transfer gossip so heaven knows how valid it is. 

Bryan Oviedo

Club Brugges are roughly the only club to have been linked with Oviedo which is perhaps curious given his 'World Cup player' status. The Sunderland left back was tortured by Belgium's attacking players in Costa Rica's final warm up game the other night and was hauled off at half time.

Expect similar during the tournament proper. Costa Rica play Brazil a week on Friday. Poor Bryan. 

And the rest?

That leaves a whole bunch of other first team players with absolute zero reported interested. Robbin Ruiter, Jason Steele, Adam Matthews, Lamine Kone, Lee Cattermole, to name but five. who wants that lot - really? 

With the summer pre-season fixtures looming, there's a good chance a whole bunch of players who've decided they don't want to stay could be turning out in red-and-white very soon. 


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