Report: Wahbi Khazri agrees to leave Sunderland for St Etienne

Sunderland fans look on as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

After getting rid of Jack Rodwell, League One Sunderland are bidding farewell to Wahbi Khazri too. He is expected to return to Ligue 1.

Sunderland's French-born Tunisian midfielder Wahbi Khazri salutes the crowd after the final whistle in the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Sunderland at...

Finally, a breakthrough in Sunderland’s attempts to get a few of their high-earning misfits off the wage bill.

As reported by the club, Jack Rodwell is finally set to leave after three miserable years at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland have cancelled the £10 million man’s contract, meaning he can leave for nothing at the end of this month.

Rodwell, who made just one Championship appearance last season, was due to earn £43,000 in League One – which was actually a reduction on what he was picking up last season.

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland in action during the pre season friendly between Livingston and Sunderland at Almondvale Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Livingston, Scotland.

And Rodwell looks set to be joined in heading for the exit by Wahbi Khazri.

L’Equipe reported on Wednesday that the Tunisian international was desperate to finally seal his departure from Sunderland. And the Wearsiders were willing to accept bids of around £5 million, slightly more than half the fee Sunderland paid for Khazri when signing him from Bordeaux two years ago.

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Tunisian forward Wahbi Khazri (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the friendly football match between Tunisia vs Costa Rica on March 27, 2018 at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice.

St Etienne had reportedly joined the race alongside a number of other French clubs to sign the 27-year-old, who shone in Ligue 1 during a loan spell at Rennes last season. And L’Equipe is now reporting that Khazri is set to join Les Verts having agreed a deal in principle.

After earning £5 million from the sale of Paddy McNair to Middlesbrough, making another hefty fee on £40,000-a-week Khazri while getting rid of Rodwell will ease some of the financial strain on Sunderland.

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