Is Didier Ndong's departure the adjustment for which Jack Ross was looking in Sunderland striker search?

Sunderland manager Jack Ross applauds the fans on the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in...

Ndong's termination could save Sunderland in excess of £4 million.

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.

With Didier Ndong's exit impending, could Sunderland now kill a second bird with the very same stone?

Ndong is thought to be among Sunderland's highest earning players - clinging on to the £30,000-a-week five-year deal* he signed when the club was two divisions better off.

But he won't be for long, with the Mackems today confirming they have served notice to the Gabonese midfielder - whom they state failed to return after the summer break and therefore breached his contract.

 

In the meantime, Sunderland have also found themselves a man light in attack, with Charlie Wyke not expected to return until the new year.

Yet despite admitting it would be "nice" to add another recognised striker to his current pool of two - Josh Maja and Jerome Sinclair - Jack Ross added last week that: "I don't think I'll be able to".

Sunderland manager Jack Ross applauds the fans on the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in...

The Sunderland manager did however, suggest that situation "may adjust" over the coming weeks, albeit with only the free agent market to recruit from.

And it may just be that Ndong's removal from the wage bill is the adjustment for which Ross was looking - although given Maja's form (seven goals from nine League One outings), the Scot is in little rush to act.

Josh Maja of Sunderland celebrates after he scores the third goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Rochdale at Stadium of Light on September 22, 2018 in...

*figures courtesy of the Telegraph

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