Papy Djilobodji is still a Sunderland player. Somehow.

For what’s felt like months, the defender has been strongly linked with clubs from France’s Ligue 1 but nothing has come of it so far.

Spending last season loan at Dijon, Djilobodji caught the eye of some but clearly not to the extent to make them tie up a transfer yet.

In February it was reported that Djilobodji was Dijon’s highest paid player, bringing in €60k a month from the French club. However, it was also reported that Sunderland were continuing to pay him €100k a month on top of that.

The English club will want to get the wages off their bill but it’s likely the level of pay is proving to be an issue.

Kicker say interest from Hannover 96 is ‘evidenced’ but they also reiterate Borussia Monchengladbach interest. With a couple of seasons left on his Sunderland contract, Djilobodji may not be too willing to take a significant pay cut, and that would cause issues for all those interested if The Black Cats won’t subsidise the player again.

Hannover’s other options are Reece Oxford and Jan Bednarek.