The Black Cats have granted the former England international permission to leave, but maintain that he will receive no form of payoff.
There has been no progress since on the 26-year-old's situation though and cash-strapped Sunderland are becoming irked by the player's outrageous contract conditions; seeing him pull in £70k-a-week, potentially amassing £5m if he decides to see out his contract.
Chris Coleman's outfit have hope that another club may be willing to take Rodwell off their hands and more importantly off their books in the January window. Celtic are reportedly keen on signing the player on a loan deal, but once again his lofty wages are proving a stumbling block in negotiations.
Rodwell is the only player in the Sunderland squad who was excused a 40% reduced pay packet following relegation, despite making just three first team appearances this term with injuries too frequent at the Stadium of Light.
Lamine Kone and Watford loan target Didier Ndong have both informed the club of their desire to leave the Championship strugglers this January also, as Chris Coleman continues the arduous task of remoulding his current crop.