Report: Sunderland to prioritise shifting deadwood in emergency loan window

The Black Cats' academy talents are likely to be kept on Wearside in the coming weeks.

Sunderland intend to shift out unwanted senior players rather than academy prospects in the emergency loan window, open as of today, according to the Sunderland Echo.

Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias are all listed in the report as facing exits, after the Black Cats failed to shift the quartet during the summer transfer window.

Sunderland have reportedly become more selective over the youngsters they allow to depart on loan, believing that some stand to benefit more from staying with the development squad rather than risking a lack of game time at a Football League club.

Buckley and Bridcutt are thought to have plenty of admirers in the Championship - with HITC Sport revealing Leeds United's and Birmingham City's interest in Buckley in July, and Sheffield Wednesday's targeting of Bridcutt last month - but their wage demands have proved a stumbling block in potential deals.

Both have been turning out for the Black Cats’ Under-21 side and do not feature in Dick Advocaat’s long-term plans, so removing them from the wage bill is a priority.

Both arrived highly-rated from Brighton but have failed to make the step up to the top-flight and will need to seek pastures new if they are to kick-start their careers.

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