After we brought you news earlier today regarding the expected incomings at the Stadium of Light, we thought we would also provide an update regarding three imminent departures.
First up, Sunderland’s New Zealand international goalkeeper Michael Woud is set to leave the club to join Eredivisie side Willem II.
19-year-old Woud, who made his senior debut for his country last month, is set to undergo a medical at the Koning Willem II Stadion before completing a permanent move to the club who finished 13th in the Dutch top flight last season.
Sunderland will receive an undisclosed fee for the 6’5 goalkeeper.
During Stewart Donald’s most recent appearance on the Roker Rapport Podcast (click here to find all the details on where you can listen), the Sunderland owner mentioned that two academy players had expressed a desire to leave the club.
Woud is thought to be one of those players, with the other being Sam Greenwood, who completed a move to Arsenal earlier this week.
Joel Asoro’s exit to Swansea is also imminent. The 19-year-old has already completed his medical, and the two clubs are tying up paperwork before the Sweden U21 international’s £2m move to south Wales is confirmed.
Jack Ross had hoped to keep the pacey forward, but said after the recent 1-0 friendly defeat to Darlington that Asoro’s departure was ‘inevitable’:
Ideally, as a manager, you want to keep all your good players here but I understood the position the club is in and the turnover of players we would have – it’s probably going to get bigger.
I’d say it was inevitable.
Wahbi Khazri’s move to Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne is at a similar stage. The Tunisian captain has passed his medical, and the clubs are tying up loose ends before any announcement is made - even despite delays which have set the completion of this particular deal back a day or two.