The Black Cats are looking to move on several big earners.
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A report in the Sunderland Echo claims that the Black Cats are hoping to move on enough players this summer to save a figure in the region of a staggering £100k-a-week.
The report comes in a piece regarding the future of Santiago Vergini, the Argentine international who has been linked with a move to Boca Juniors this week.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
But it seems he is not the only fringe player that Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce would like to be shot of, as he looks to trim the squad down to a more manageable and quality side.
Players that would seemingly be on the chopping block, although not officially, would likely be recent Leeds United loanee Liam Bridcutt, winger Will Buckley, midfielder Jordi Gomez and full-back Adam Matthews.
The club have already slashed their wage bill this summer with the free transfer departures of Steven Fletcher, Danny Graham and Wes Brown.
Sunderland's Adam Matthews in action with Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp
Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship yet again next term and Allardyce will no doubt be hoping to bring in some new talent in order to avoid yet another nail-biting finish at the Stadium of Light.