Sunderland could be set for a busy summer transfer period as it is likely that at least half the squad will leave the club should they be relegated.
Manager David Moyes also admitted last week that there will be a lot of players coming in and leaving the side at the end of the season, regardless of which division they will be competing in next season.
With the Black Cats nine points adrift of safety and just six games remaining, they are one of the clubs that are expected to be relegated. From the current squad, loan players Adnan Januzaj, Jason Denayer and Javi Manquillo are unlikely to be retained beyond this season.
As Jermain Defoe is still able to compete at the highest level as demonstrated by his 14 League goals this season and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford being in top form, the duo are likely to not be short of Premier League options.
Sunderland will likely remain in the top tier as they look to win places in England’s 2018 World Cup squad. Veterans Steven Pienaar, Jan Kirchhoff, John O’Shea, Seb Larsson, Joleon Lescott as well as Victor Anichebe are also out of contract. Kirchhoff, Lescott and Pienaar will in all probability be released.