Jack Ross updates on futures of Sunderland duo Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri

Lamine Kone of Sunderland celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2017 in London, England.

Sunderland duo Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri both were left out of Jack Ross's side for their pre-season friendly last night.

Lamine Kone of Sunderland celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2017 in London, England.

Jack Ross has confirmed to the Northern Echo that Lamine Kone no longer wants to be at Sunderland, and Whabi Khazri could also leave.

Kone enjoyed a wonderful six months at Sunderland when he signed during Sam Allardyce’s time in charge, but since then his form has gone badly downhill.

The centre-back has been one of Sunderland’s worst under performers in the past two campaigns, and is now looking for a route out of the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland's French-born Ivorian defender Lamine Kone (L) celebrates with Sunderland's English striker Jermain Defoe (R) after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League...

Kone was left out of Sunderland’s squad which took on Darlington in a friendly last night.

And Ross said: “Khazri could go but nothing is agreed. It’s a challenging period but that’s the job. Lamine doesn’t want to be here, so has been left out. That’s where we are at.”

Sunderland actually lost to Darlington in their first pre-season friendly last night, in what was a poor performance.

Wahbi Khazri of Sunderland celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier m

Kone and Khazri are two of the higher quality players remaining at Sunderland, but their wages mean that Ross can no longer afford to keep them around for the new campaign.

Sunderland’s recruitment has been slow, as they need to offload players before concentrating too heavily on bringing fresh faces through the door.

The Black Cats begin their season with a match against Charlton Athletic on 4th August.

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