Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has hinted that more transfer activity, notably outgoings, is likely at the Stadium of Light ahead of the new Championship season, reports The Sunderland Echo.
The 47-year-old took over from David Moyes at the start of the month and already before then the likes of Jermain Defoe and Jordan Pickford had left the club, signing for Premier League duo Bournemouth and Everton respectively.
And Fabio Borini clinched a loan move to AC Milan soon after Grayson’s arrival to put another dent in his rebuilding plans, and although things have gone somewhat quiet on the outgoings front, Vito Mannone looks set to secure a move to fellow second tier side Reading in the coming days.
And Black Cats chief Grayson, who saw his side beat Hartlepool United 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, has hinted that there may be more outgoings between now and their opening clash against Derby County on August 4.
He said: ‘That’s just part and parcel of it. I knew that when we came to the club and we accept it.
‘We have got recruitment in a good place at this moment in time, we’ve got players lined up that if someone goes out we can look to try and bring in.
‘That’s the case right through the squad.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Sunderland fans, who have seen the club begin to strengthen in recent weeks following the signings of Everton trio Tyias Browning, Brendan Galloway, and Aiden McGeady, as well as Bury forward James Vaughan.
Yet relegation inevitably calls many players’ futures into question, and with Mannone likely to leave for Berkshire in the coming days, and much talk about the future of Jeremain Lens and Wahib Khazri, there looks set to be plenty more transfer activity at the Stadium of Light over the coming weeks.
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