Sunderland wanted to re-sign Grant Leadbitter from Middlesbrough in the summer - but did not push the boat out with no offers arriving for Didier Ndong.
Sunderland owner Ellis Short is prepared to sell Lamine Kone, Didier Ndong - both wanted by West Ham - and Jack Rodwell in January.
Didier Ndong is a key player for Simon Grayson - but Sunderland could still sell the midfielder in January.
West Ham United wanted Didier Ndong in the summer but Sunderland may now be far more likely to cash in.
Sunderland are in the midst of a concerning decline, and currently sit in 23rd position in the Championship table.
Simon Grayson is already under pressure as manager of Sunderland but could these three players help save his job?
Simon Grayson has decisions to make yet again for Sunderland as they take their miserable run of form to Preston - a side the manager knows well.
Players targeted by Everton and West Ham are among those at Sunderland who could arguably still be playing in the Premier League.
HITC picks out some reasons Sunderland fans should perhaps be fearful looking ahead this season.
Impressive performances for Sunderland means West Ham target Didier Ndong is most likely to be the next player to leave the Stadium f Light.