Report claims trio will not be offered new Sunderland deals as David Moyes begins squad overhaul

Sunderland manager David Moyes

A clearout of Sunderland's playing staff is expected this summer.

Sunderland manager David MoyesSunderland manager David Moyes

Sunderland trio Joleon Lescott, Steven Pienaar and Jan Kirchhoff will not be offered new deals, according to the Telegraph.

All three players are out of contract next month, and could the first casualties of Sunderland's relegation from the Premier League.

Only Pienaar, signed from Everton last summer, has hit double figures for starts during this season's top-flight campaign, with Lescott, a January recruit from AEK Athens, making just one substitute appearance for the Black Cats.

Sunderland's Joleon Lescott on the benchSunderland defender Joleon Lescott

Kirchhoff, who arrived during Sam Allardyce's reign as manager, has struggled with injuries for much of 2016-17.

Also out of contract are John O'Shea, Victor Anichebe and Sebastian Larsson - all of whom could be asked to stay on, according to the Telegraph.

However, it is claimed that Sunderland will look to move on Lamine Kone, Fabio Borini and Whabi Khazri as soon as the season has ended, with in-demand duo Jermain Defoe and Jordan Pickford expected to be prised away.

Sunderland's Jordan PickfordSunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford

The reports adds that loan trio Adnan Januazaj, Jason Denayer and Javio Manquillo will all return to their parent clubs, as manager David Moyes awaits the green light to proceed with the Championship targets he has lined up.

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