Sunderland are trying to sign Manchester City’s Adam Johnson, but the winger must take a wage-cut if a deal is to be reached according to The Daily Mail.
The wideman has found himself as a fringe player at the Etihad Stadium of late, and as such missed out on England’s Euro 2012 squad.
Johnson is said to be frustrated with fleeting appearances for Roberto Mancini’s men, with a move this summer in search of first-team football on the cards.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill is keen to freshen up his squad and has identified Johnson as a major target during the transfer window.
However, Sunderland’s wage offering of £60,000-per-week is considerably less than the £85,000-per-week he is currently on with the Premier League champions.
It is said that negotiations are underway, and that Johnson will need to consider the move and have a final say on whether it happens.
Early indications are that he is reluctant to take a wage cut, even if it means a lack of action next term at City.
By Gareth McKnight