Sunderland are looking at making some changes this month.
According to a report in The Sun, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has put five players up for sale as he looks to raise some added funds in order to strengthen his squad this month.
The Black Cats began 2016 with a much-needed victory over bottom club Aston Villa, defeating Remi Garde’s men 3-1 at the Stadium of Light thanks to a Jermain Defoe brace.
The win takes Sunderland back to within four points of safety, a position still deemed extremely precarious and one which they may struggle to recover from regardless of their good result at the weekend.
Sam Allardyce knows he needs to make a couple of additions this month, and in order to bring in the necessary quality recent reports suggest that a boost in funds could play a pivotal role.
Charis Mavrias and Valentin Roberge both joined the club in 2013 but struggled to make an impact and were subsequently sent out on loan for a period of last season.
While both are back at the Stadium of Light now, they aren’t offering anything and getting them off the wage bill at the very least makes sense – although finding a suitor could prove quite difficult.
Buckley just hasn’t managed to cut it after former boss Gus Poyet brought him from Brighton upon his appointment, yet he does possess quality and represents a saleable asset.
And the same could also be said of striker Danny Graham – the former Watford man once held a decent scoring record at Vicarage Road and in the report is linked with Blackburn Rovers.