Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Struggling Stars Will Be Able to Leave

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Struggling Stars Will Be Able to Leave

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Jonathan Stead is set to become the highest profile casualty of Roy Keane's Sunderland revolution as the misfiring striker prepares for a loan move to Derby County today.

Stead was in the Midlands last night to discuss the move with Rams manager Billy Davies and, although The Journal understands there are other clubs interested, the 23-year-old is believed to favour a move to Pride Park after failing to get a look in under Keane on Wearside.

Rory Delap joined Stoke City on loan earlier this week ( a move which is likely to become a permanent one when the transfer window opens in January ( and Andy Welsh is also likely to have played his last game for the Black Cats as he looks set for a move to Leicester City.

Welsh was on loan at the Walkers Stadium last season but returned to Sunderland in the summer following their relegation from the Premiership. The left winger was expected to start the season as first choice but has been pushed out of things by the arrival of Tobias Hysen and Ross Wallace.

And Tommy Miller is another of Sunderland's old guard who could well be on his way out of the club, with both Southampton and Ipswich keen on the midfielder who has also found it difficult to get a game under the new regime.

Keane has promised to be fair to those players who are unlikely to play much first-team football and, after a month in the job, he feels the time is right to allow some of them to leave.

"Rory could be the first of a few," admitted Keane, who took the players to Portugal for a team-building exercise last week. "He has gone to Stoke and that looks like a done deal. All I'm trying to do is be fair to the players. If they are going to struggle to get a game here, then it's only right they are allowed to go somewhere else to get games and have a look at another club. …

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