Championship side Sunderland are keen to offload Didier N’Dong, Jack Rodwell and Lamine Kone in January, according to the Northern Echo.

The club’s owner Ellis Short wants to sell the North-East club but if he has not managed to by January then they will listen to offers for the trio.

Simon Grayson took over at the Stadium of Light in the summer, leaving Championship rivals Preston North End to take over the Black Cats. However, he did not have much money to spend and Sunderland sold key players like Jordan Pickford. They have started the season poorly and are currently in the relegation zone.

They may need to sell more players in January to help with their financial situation. Didier N’Dong, Jack Rodwell and Lamine Kone are 3 that they aim to sell. N’Dong joined the club last summer from French side Lorient for around £14 million. He is highly rated at Sunderland, having played all their games this season, but is also one of the highest earners.

Lamine Kone was signed by Sam Allardyce in January 2015. He helped the club survive in the 2015/16 season and was linked with a big money move to Everton as a result. However, he stayed for another season and they were relegated. He is still at the club but will no doubt have interest in January.

Jack Rodwell’s Sunderland career has been plagued by injury. He is another who they hope to offload, but he will be the hardest to sell because most clubs may not want to take the risk with him due to injuries.

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