Sunderland announced their retained list today and it confirmed a number of departures from the club, with John O’Shea, Marc Wilson, Kazenga Lua Lua, Jeremain Lens, Fabio Borini and Billy Jones all leaving the club.
Joining those senior players in departing the club are youngsters Tom Beadling, Jean-Yves Poame, Josh Robson, James Talbot and Dan Wright.
Didier Ndong is expected to leave the club imminently too, with Torino agreeing a fee for the Gabon international.
With so many players departing, and more to come with the likes of Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri, Papy Djilobodji and Jack Rodwell still on the books, the club will need to be active in the transfer market to build a squad capable of giving Jack Ross the best possible chance of getting out of League One at the first attempt.
Thankfully the club are doing just that, as we can confirm that the club are currently working on transfers for SIX players to make a switch to the Stadium of Light and, if everything goes to plan, we can expect some news on ins and outs next week.
Although no names have been mentioned, it’s encouraging that the club are already in advanced discussions with incoming targets, despite Jack Ross only officially being charge for little over a week.
In recent weeks we have been strongly linked with the likes of Scottish international trio John McGinn, Dylan McGeouch and Lewis Morgan, as well as League One standouts Marcus Maddison, Hakeeb Adelakun and Erhun Oztumer, Burton Albion utility player Tom Naylor and Ross’ former players at St Mirren, Gavin Reilly and Kyle Magennis.
We’ll have to wait and see whether or not any of those men are amongst the six players in talks with the club, but Sunderland’s busy summer shows now sign of abating.