Sunderland are not expected to be busy during transfer deadline day. The club have already hinted that they are not likely to sign any more permanent players, with loanees likely to be the only additions. Considering the loan market remains open until the end of the month the Black Cats are right to remain calm.
One issue they do have, however, is how to shift some of their high-earners.
Didier Ndong, Papy Djilobodji and Lee Cattermole are all out of favour at the Stadium of Light. New manager Jack Ross quickly decided he did not want to use any of the players this season and an exit for all three seems likely.
However, despite it being deadline day, Sunderland are likely to have to wait on this front as well.
Whilst there has been rumblings of Hull City interest in Cattermole and potential movers for Ndong and Djilobodji, it appears nothing is happening.
Again, no panic for Sunderland. The fact is all three are likely to leave on loan deals. Cattermole, in particular, appears set to remain in the Football League. Sunderland would, therefore, have till the end of the month to get rid of their former captain.
Djilobodji and Ndong do not appear to have made any friends in the UK. With that in mind, the pair are likely to exit abroad, where many transfer windows remain open.
Getting these three pieces of transfer business over the line is imperative for Sunderland’s approach for their own loanees this month.
But with three weeks left to do such business, there is no need for panic in the North-East.