Sunderland facing waiting game for transfer of Greek international

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Sunderland could face a wait to offload one of the players considered surplus to requirements after Panathinaikos put a move for Charis Mavrias on ice until later in the transfer window.

The Black Cats are proactively looking to ship out several of those who are not part of Dick Advocaat’s plans and reduce any unnecessary demands on the club’s wage-bill, which is currently close to the Premier League’s financial restrictions.

Sunderland’s hopes of shipping out Mavrias on a permanent basis look like dragging on

That is putting a temporary delay on further signings arriving at the Stadium of Light this summer, although it is understood that Sunderland DO expect to make the “one or two” additions which head coach Advocaat still wants before the end of the window.

But Sunderland’s hopes of shipping out Mavrias on a permanent basis look like dragging on after Panathinaikos have temporarily put their pursuit of the Greek international winger on hold.

Mavrias re-joined his former club on loan in January and Panathinaikos made no secret of their desire to keep hold of him, with discussions taking place with Sunderland.

However, sources in Greece have indicated that Panathinaikos are now considering their options.

The Echo understands that Panathinaikos are not necessarily on the look-out to boost their attacking midfield options, but given Mavrias’ came through the club’s ranks, he is still a possibility.

But they are ready to wait until the end of next month to recommence their interest in the £2million man, who has been training with Sunderland’s Under-21 squad during the pre-season campaign.

Mavrias is one of two wingers Sunderland are looking to offload, with Will Buckley attracting Championship suitors.

Leeds are definitely interested in Buckley, with new boss Uwe Rosler eager to boost his options out wide, while Birmingham have also been linked with the ex-Brighton man.

Sunderland are looking to ship out Buckley permanently, rather than on loan, with the same stance applying to midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

The Black Cats will have to take a hit though on the £2.5million they paid for each player.