An­do­nian in­ter­est wanes as wage bill saga rum­bles on

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SUN­DER­LAND will not fol­low up their in­ter­est in tri­al­ist Gael An­do­nian – the Black Cats un­able to add to their wage bill un­til Papy Djilo­bodji and Di­dier Ndong’s sit­u­a­tions are re­solved.

Ar­me­nia in­ter­na­tional cen­tre­back An­do­nian was avail­able as a free agent af­ter leav­ing Mar­seille this sum­mer and he spent time train­ing with the Black Cats a fort­night ago, play­ing for the un­der-23s in their win against West Bro­mat the be­gin­ning of last week.

At that stage, Ross was keen to take an­other look at the 23-year-old and to­mor­row’s Pre­mier League Two game against Nor­wich City on Wearside would have been the ideal op­por­tu­nity.

How­ever, those plans have now changed and An­do­nian has moved on. “There will be noth­ing on that,” Ross said of An­do­nian.

“We had a de­ci­sion to make in terms of how he fit­ted into the squad but equally now we have some things to con­sider in terms of where we are with Papy and Di­dier and how they were not re­solved be­fore most of those Euro­pean win­dows closed.

“We need to ad­dress those first.

“I am not com­plain­ing about that, I did say at the time as a squad we are in a healthy po­si­tion in terms of what we have in the time we had to put it to­gether.”

Sun­der­land in­tend to ter­mi­nate de­fender Djilo­bodji’s con­tract af­ter he re­ported back for train­ing a month late and out of shape, while mid­fielder Ndong is still AWOL.

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