According to reports in France, young midfielder El-Hadji Ba is set to sign a three-year deal with Championship side Charlton Athletic in the near future.
Ba signed for Sunderland in July 2013 from French side Le Havre as one for the future and, although he was still quite raw as a player, he showed promise in his brief first team appearances. First during a couple of substitute appearances in the Barclays Asia Trophy, then during FA Cup games against Carlisle United - where he scored his first and only goal for the club - and Kidderminster Harriers. He made what appears to be his final Sunderland appearance as a late substitute against Swansea City in the final game of the 2013-14 season.
Despite showing promise, he was unable to break into the first team and spent last season on loan at Bastia but missed the majority of the season with a serious knee injury.
Should the 22-year-old complete his move to Charlton, it will leave Emanuele Giaccherini, Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias as the sole surviviors of Roberto De Fanti's only transfer window.