Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has revealed that his club did not receive any offers during the summer for Lamine Kone and Dider Ndong.
Following the Black Cats relegation from the Premier League last season, they underwent a squad overhaul and the duo of Kone and Ndong were among the players who were expected to leave the club.
As both players command a significant percentage of the clubs wage bill, the Black Cats were open to listening to offers for the duo.
At the end though, Kone and Ndong stayed put at the Stadium of Light and manager Grayson has now revealed that his club did not receive any offers for the duo during the summer.
He said, “There was a lot of talk about a lot players leaving this football club but ultimately nobody offered any money for either player.
“There were a lot of agents saying they could get the players to do this, that and the other but I think Martin Bain was quite clever in how he dealt with things, saying, ‘Go and get the deals in black and white and then we might talk’.
“I said in the lead-up I would be more than happy to keep them two players because they’re very good players, hence the transfer fees they’ve commanded in the past.”
Grayson will however benefit from being able to call upon their services at least until January as they are arguably two of the most talented players within the squad.