Sunderland could be within a chance of offloading one of their wantaways this summer as the ongoing saga continues to go on.
The Portuguese transfer window does not close for another two weeks, meaning there is some time for a deal to be completed, although it is thought it could be unlikely to happen at this time.
The 24-year-old, along with Papy Djilobodji, has drawn attention to himself after refusing to play for the Black Cats in League One and is thought to be desperate for a move away from the Stadium of Light.
The Gabon international is believed to have taken unauthorised leave, however, Jack Ross’ side have not yet felt his absence as they look to maintain their solid start to league football.
Ndong has struggled to make a move happen despite having spent time at Watford last season, however, a move to a club with Champions League football like Benfica could be on the cards for him.
Sunderland are desperate to offload him from their wage bill, as well as getting him as far as possible from the first-team.
Ross has admitted in the past that he has no plans for the 24-year-old and would not be willing to give him a chance, should he ever look to make a return to training.
However, despite the interest from Benfica, the report also suggests that a deal is thought to be some way apart, so it remains to be seen if anything will materialise in the next two weeks.
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