El-Hadji Ba looks set to return to France next season after being offered to Ligue 1 clubs this summer.
The Journal understands Ba’s name has been circulated to clubs in France for a possible loan move as Sunderland look to move into next season with a leaner squad – while also trying to improve a talent who was signed as part of a massive squad overhaul last term.
The former Le Havre midfielder was involved in the final game of last season against Swansea in a sign Gus Poyet has seen potential in the summer capture – but it looks increasingly likely he will be granted a move.
While the club still believe Ba can offer something, he remains an unproven talent and needs first-team football to toughen him up.
His camp are now testing the water both in France and England to see whether there would be any interest in a loan move.
Sunderland will assess a number of young players when the club return for pre-season training at the end of the week but David Moberg Karlsson looks set to depart, with IFK Gothenburg understood to have expressed an interest in taking him back to Sweden.
The 20-year-old midfielder struggled to make a breakthrough last season after making a £1.5million switch as part of former Director of Football Roberto De Fanti’s major overhaul of his Black Cats squad.
As Sunderland look to re-shape their squad ahead of the new season there was positive news for US international Jozy Altidore in his bid to regain fitness ahead of tonight’s clash with Belgium.
The Black Cats forward was injured in his team’s opening match of the tournament amid fears he might even miss the start of pre-season.
However, those worries were soon eased and he has returned to training with the US ahead of their second-round clash with a strong Belgium side tonight..
Altidore is now set to return to the starting XI.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said: “We are very optimistic.
“Every day is a big step forward with Jozy.
“We’re optimistic we’ll have him for part of the Belgium game.”