Stadium of Light boss wants to trim squad.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is planning a clearout of fringe players after bringing 10 new faces to the Stadium of Light this summer.
The first player out the door looks likely to be midfielder Steed Malbranque who is close to joining Saint-Etienne.
The 31-year-old has been told he will struggle to get first-team action this season and has been allowed to look for a new club, despite him saying he is happy on Wearside.
But Bruce is also looking to offload George McCartney, Nyron Nosworthy and Matthew Kilgallon as he attempts to trim the wage bill.
The Black Cats boss has nearly bought an entire new team this summer as he looks to rebuild his young squad.
Following the departures of Darren Bent to Aston Villa and Jordan Henderson to Liverpool for a combined £40million, Bruce has been re-investing.
Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O’Shea were bought for £5.2million, Connor Wickham was acquired for £8million and a further £6million on Craig Gardner.
South Korean forward Dong-Won Ji and Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady were also bought for a combined £4.2million.
David Vaughan, Roarie Deacon, Keiren Westwood and Sebastian Larsson were all signed as free agents after their contracts expired.