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Sunderland boss O'Neill to send fringe players on loan

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says he is looking to send some of his fringe players out on loan.

The Black Cats have a number of players unlikely to be used right away and O'Neill is pondering whether or not to send them out on emergency loan so they are prepared for action if the club needs during the season.

"There is the possibility that maybe some players will go out on loan," he said.

"The key thing there is that they would be going on emergency loans, which means they could be called back after 28 days if necessary.

"I don't mind allowing players to leave on emergency loans because they will be getting games and - providing we can survive the first 28 days - If we pick up injury problems, we can recall them."

The likes of Ryan Noble, John Egan, Louis Laing and Billy Knott are likely to be loaned out whilst Connor Wickham, Jong Di-won and David Vaughan could also be in the running for short-term spells.

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