Dick Advocaat is hoping for further departures from the Stadium of Light before the end of the transfer window.
Sunderland enjoyed a transfer boost yesterday when Ola Toivonen became the club’s sixth signing of the summer, with Advocaat hoping for another one or two fresh faces before Tuesday’s 5pm transfer deadline.
If players don’t leave they will play for the second team. That’s the consequence if they think it’s easy hereDick Advocaat
But the Black Cats continue to look to ship out those considered surplus to requirements, not least in order to comply with the Premier League’s own financial regulation on salary limits.
Emanuele Giaccherini, Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias are all players that Sunderland are looking to offload, and head coach Advocaat says they have to realise their place in his plans.
“We are still hopeful that some players will go to refresh the squad,” said Advocaat.
“We still have to wait to see which players will go. But it’s important to know what group you have.
“If players don’t leave they will play for the second team.
“That’s the consequence if they think it’s easy here.
“We have to get rid of some players, with all respect to them. Some managers like certain players and others don’t.”
Giaccherini is, by some distance, the closest to the exit door, with discussions continuing between Sunderland and Bologna over a return to the 30-year-old’s native Italy.
The two clubs have been negotiating over a loan fee for Giaccherini, and whether Sunderland will pay a percentage of his wages, yet an agreement is likely to be reached.
But it is the futures of Gus Poyet signings Buckley and Bridcutt – neither of whom was even on the bench for Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie against Exeter – which is proving to be more troublesome for Sunderland.
There is no shortage of interest from the Championship in the ex-Brighton pair, particularly in winger Buckley.
But while neither are among Sunderland’s top earners, their wages are still proving to be problematic for Championship sides to sign them either permanently or on loan.