Sam Allardyce continues to get rid of the deadwood at Sunderland, with Charalampos Mavrias joining Bundesliga 2 side Fortuna Dusseldorf on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Mavrias has struggled for playing time since joining from Panathinaikos in 2013 and has already had one loan spell away from the Stadium of Light, when he rejoined his former club on loan last season. The 21-year-old has been a regular at under-21 level but has only played once for the first team this season, appearing as a late substitute in the FA Cup defeat at Arsenal.
The loan deal includes an option to purchase the winger at the end of the season, according to Fortuna's Sporting Director, Rachid Azzouzi;
For us it was also important that we could secure an option to buy, to work in the long term with 'Charis' Mavrias.
Mavrias joins Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Costel Pantilimon and Danny Graham out of the exit door. More departures are expected before the transfer window closes, with Sebastian Coates reported to be on the verge of a move to Sporting CP, as Allardyce revamps his squad for a vital second half of the season.