Sunderland's problems playing into West Ham's hands with Didier Ndong

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic gestures during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at The London Stadium, in east...

West Ham United wanted Didier Ndong in the summer but Sunderland may now be far more likely to cash in.

Ellis Short, Sunderland chairman walks out of the tunnel to take a look at the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and Burnley at Stadium of Light on March 18, 2017...

Sunderland’s disastrous start to their first Championship season in a decade has not exactly helped owner Ellis Short in his desire to sell the club.

The American still remains at the helm despite putting the Black Cats up for sale almost a year ago and, according to the Northern Echo, he is still determined to offload his 100 per cent stake after talks with a German consortium broke down over the summer.

However, with Sunderland sitting second from bottom in the Championship, Short hopes to reduce the wage bill and ease the club’s debt concerns by cashing in on a number of their big-name players in January in order to make the club more attractive to potential buyers.

The report claims that the seldom-seen Jack Rodwell, long-standing Premier League target Lamine Kone, and club-record signing Didier Ndong could all be on the market.

Didier Ndong of Sunderland and Callum Reilly of Bury in action during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Bury and Sunderland at Gigg Lane on August 10, 2017 in Bury, England.

And it’s the latter that will surely command the most interest – but will Sunderland’s desire to sell play into West Ham’s hands?

Ndong, who arrived in Sunderland from Montpellier for £13.6 million in 2016 (Northern Echo), is highly-rated by manager Simon Grayson and has been picked in every Championship game so far this season. Grayson will have little say if a presentable offer arrives in January, however.

Dider N'dong of Sunderland and Davy Klaassen of Everton battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on September 20, 2017...

The Independent claimed that West Ham had turned their attention towards Ndong in the latter days of the summer transfer window with a deal for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho proving impossible.

Another target, Porto’s Danilo Pereira, is now reportedly on Barcelona’s radar, per Football Italia, casting that deal into doubt too.

Therefore, Ndong may look like a tempting acquisition in the New Year – particularly as Sunderland are crying out for the cash.

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