Whilst things appear to have quietened down since the madness of Monday - when three new faces arrived and the majority of the first-team squad jetted out to Portugal for pre-season training - it would be foolish to assume that the club have slowed down with regards to recruitment and sales of players.
Whilst Jack Ross is busy putting the squad through their paces under the Albufeira sun, the Sunderland owners and recruitment team are working very hard on a number of deals in order to ensure that we’re in a healthy shape as early as we possibly can be before the season begins next month.
It’s understood that the club are incredibly close to receiving the fees that they want for FIVE of our want-away players, and provided that there are no major hitches we could see the back of some of them sooner rather than later.
Wahbi Khazri has become the subject of a major bidding war amongst clubs from France, Turkey, Belgium and China and after a fine season with Rennes and then a fruitful World Cup campaign with Tunisia, the club are well within their rights to demand a decent fee from those that wish to acquire him.
Didier Ndong is also wanted by a number of clubs, and it’s thought that Serie A and Premier League outfits have expressed an interest in signing him. He’s still yet to report back for pre-season training and, as such, he’s within a breach of his contract.
Lamine Kone is also expected to leave relatively soon, and was allowed to stay back in England to train with our U23s as the club felt it made more sense since he’s close to a move away from Wearside.
In terms of incomings, the recruitment team are working hard on bringing in a couple of strikers and another central defender and they hope to have at least a couple more through the door by next week, when pre-season steps up a notch and they start playing friendly games against tough non-league opposition in Darlington and Hartlepool.
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