Sunderland’s Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone looks set to join French Ligue 1 club Strasbourg on loan.
The Elephants defender made it clear to new Sunderland manager Jack Ross that he was not interested in playing for the club following their relegation to League One.
Kone is set to undergo a medical with Strasbourg today [Wednesday] and the move is likely to be confirmed soon after.
The centre-back will be on loan for the 2018/19 season, but is likely to sign permanently at the end of the campaign.
Kone’s exit will benefit Sunderland’s wage bill, with owner Stewart Donald telling BBC Radio 5Live he is close to getting rid of those players who don’t want to be at Sunderland.
“To be fair, there is a desire for them all to leave from themselves and there are clubs that are interested in them,” he is quoted by the Chronicle.
“I think they had a view that they would just be able to leave because it is League One but some of those players have a value and to be fair to Sunderland, we need to try and realise that value.
“We are almost there with that, it has been a big job over the summer.”
Donald continued: “Basically, there are three or four we need to deal with and I would be surprised if come the window, not the loan window, but the transfer window, I would be surprised if there was more than one of those left.
“I think we are very close on them now.”
The other African players looking to leave Sunderland are Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji and Gabonese midfielder Didier Ndong.