Sunderland look to offload unwanted duo in January sales

OUT OF FAVOUR ... Cabral.
OUT OF FAVOUR ... Cabral.

SUNDERLAND are looking at January sales, with no further arrivals expected during this transfer window.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet confirmed last week that new boy Jermain Defoe was likely to be the one and only fresh face at the Stadium of Light this month, with Sunderland understood to be close to the limits of the Financial Fair Play regulations.

Although Sunderland still have one domestic loan available, it will take a serious injury, an unexpected departure or a surprise opportunity in the transfer market for the club to make further signings.

But after Jozy Altidore ended his Sunderland career as part of the swap deal involving Defoe, there could be further departures in this window.

Cabral and Charis Mavrias – the latter featuring for the Under-21s in yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Norwich – were noticeably left out of the squad in the FA Cup third round win over Leeds and Premier League defeat to Liverpool earlier this month, despite a host of injuries depleting the Sunderland squad.

Sunderland have already agreed with Mavrias and his camp to let the Greek international depart on loan this month, with interest in his homeland from Panathinaikos and PAOK, while the Black Cats were unsuccessful in their attempts to offload Cabral during the summer.

But with neither player making a Premier League appearance during Poyet’s reign, Sunderland are working to find regular first-team football for the pair.

Poyet told the Gazette: “It depends on the individual and the demand. It’s not easy.

“That’s the moment when you need to make a decision in your career. Do you sign a new contract or wait? That’s you.

“With Harry and Cabral, there’s been a little bit of interest, but not a lot. And time goes past.

“You don’t know when it’s enough, but those are the decisions they need to make.

“The options are at a different level and sometimes it’s difficult to accept that and then restart.

“But things need to happen. We’re working on it.

“We’re working on the happiness for everybody.”

Mavrias and Cabral may not be the only departures.

While Danny Graham has featured from the bench in the last two games, the £5m striker could return to the Championship on loan if Sunderland receive an attractive offer.

And after academy products David Ferguson and Connor Oliver joined Blackpool on permanent deals earlier this month, there has been loan interest in their old eam-mate Liam Agnew, who travelled with the first-team squad for last weekend’s defeat at Spurs.

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