Sunderland will be looking to sell Will Grigg this summer


SUNDERLAND will listen to offers for Grigg in the framework of their project for the revision of the summer, with Phil Parkinson hoping to offload the striker in order to free up space on the wage bill.

Grigg’s Sunderland career has not gone to plan since he made a £3m move from Wigan Athletic 18 months ago, with his 52 matches for the club in the production of only eight goals.

He almost left Wearside on a loan basis in January, but with the Parkinson’s disease reluctant to release one of the Black Cats to promotion rivals, a number of proposals have been rejected. Grigg also rejected the possibility of joining a couple of clubs in League Two.

Stayed at the Stadium of Light, the Northern Ireland international has not at all in the two months before the lockout, with his most recent Sunderland appearance came as a substitute in December’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

He remains one of the highest-paid player on the Black Cats, the books, however, and his departure this summer to release a substantial sum that could be reinvested elsewhere.

Sunderland, the striker of the rankings for a major overhaul, with Kyle Lafferty, Chris Maguire, and Duncan Watmore all due to become a free agent at the end of this month, and Antoine Semenyo return to Bristol City following the end of his loan spell. Maguire is configured to be retained as Sunderland can trigger a clause in the Scotsman’s contract to extend his stay by another 12 months, but there may be gaps in the line before filling.

However, Grigg would still be sold if an acceptable offer was to come, with his name set to be circulated among the clubs of League One and the Championship.

Sunderland officials accept they have little chances of recovering the £ 3 million sum that was spent to sign Grigg in January 2019 – the case would have been of a value of £4m if a number of conditions have been met, but they require a certain amount of reward if the futures contract is to go before the start of the next season.

Grigg is aware of the situation, and is understood to be keen on a new forward an attractive proposition present itself in the coming months.

Sunderland, the League’s season came to an end on Tuesday, an extraordinary meeting of the EFL board resulted in a vote to sanction the reduction of the campaign.

The procedure have not been without controversy, however, and one of Sunderland, his colleagues of the League One clubs are considering legal action in an attempt to last week’s decision overturned.

Tranmere Rovers were relegated to League Two, Tuesday, but since they were only three points from safety with a game in hand, its president, Mark Palios, feels they were unfairly punished.

Palios, who estimates Tranmere are suffering a £1m loss of income the next season, was forced to issue around 20 redundancy notices in the wake of relegation, and is ready to go before the courts to try to force a reflection.

“We are looking at a number of options in the light of this unjust decision, which includes the descent of the legal road,” said Palios. “What is wrong in our point of view is that the clubs in League Two are given a chance to earn promotion through the play-offs, but we have not had the chance to try and stay.”


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