According to the Telegraph, a number of Sunderland players are set to leave the Stadium of Light this summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, with Fabio Borini and Lamine Kone to be sold in the coming months.
Jermain Defoe, Sunderland’s top goalscorer last season, has all but confirmed his move to AFC Bournemouth will go ahead this summer, with the 34-year old opting to stay in the Premier League.
Jordan Pickford, the England under-21 international, is in-demand this summer, with Everton reportedly having a bid rejected for the goalkeeper, who is valued at £30m by Sunderland.
Borini and Kone are also set to be sold this summer, as Sunderland begin to shape their squad ahead of their first campaign in the Sky Bet Championship since 2007.
Borini, 26, made 24 appearances in the Premier League last season, but only managed to score two goals in a frustrating campaign for the forward.
Kone featured on 30 occasions for the Black Cats, and is bound to be in-demand by top-flight clubs this summer, after impressing for Sunderland in the Premier League since his move from Lorient in January 2016.
Sunderland still need to find David Moyes’ replacement, after the Scot left his role as manager last month.
Derek McInnes, Simon Grayson and Garry Monk are reportedly under consideration by the club to replace Moyes at the Stadium of Light.
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