Sunderland should allow Will Grigg to leave on a free this summer if they cannot recoup a transfer fee for him, according to Kevin Phillips.

The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 29-year-old’s exit would “save the club a fortune” and could lead to the addition of two new players.

Grigg has struggled since arriving on Wearside in a £3million deal in January 2019 and is currently out on loan at MK Dons.

Football Insider understands Ipswich Town have set their sights on signing the centre-forward this summer.

Blues manager Paul Cook is a “huge fan” of the Northern Ireland international whom he worked with at Wigan Athletic.

When asked by Football Insider if the Black Cats could expect to recoup a transfer fee for Grigg with just one-year left on his contract, Phillips said:

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“It is easy for me to say he should leave on a free this summer.

“I know the club will want to recoup some of the money they paid for him but ultimately, he is on a hefty wage so they might just have to cut their losses and let him leave on a free.

“There is talk of a lot of money becoming available for Sunderland in the summer with the new owner. It might be best to cut your losses.

“Get Grigg off the wage bill, it will save you a fortune. If they leaves you could bring in two players for the money he is on.

“I would let him leave on a free but I imagine Sunderland will try their best to try and re-coup at least some of the money. One things for sure, he will be leaving in the summer.”

In other news, Kevin Phillips has told Sunderland manager Lee Johnson to axe 27-yr-old against Wigan after a ‘big blow’.