Tom Huddlestone is set to take a pay cut in order to seal his £5m move to Sunderland
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is one of the Black Cats’ main summer transfer targets, and Sunderland have seen off competition from Fulham for his signature.
Spurs made it known that they were prepared to sell the 26-year-old and Sunderland have met the £5m asking price.
The London club have given Huddlestone permission to discuss personal terms but he will have to accept a reduced salary on Wearside.
The former Derby County man, who has been capped four times by England, is understood to earn around £40,000 per week at White Hart Lane, but the Black Cats are willing to pay no more than £35,000 per week.
Nevertheless, the prospect of playing regular first-team football at Sunderland is expected to be a major attraction.
Huddlestone suffered an ankle injury in August 2011 which kept him out for over a year, and Sunderland will want to be certain he is fully recovered before adding him to their squad.
But the fact that the midfield powerhouse returned to make 28 appearances for Spurs last season indicates that there are no serious lingering effects.
He joined Spurs from Derby for £2.5m in 2005 and spent a spell on loan at Wolves before returning to White Hart Lane in January 2006.
He went on to make 209 appearances for Spurs in all competitions, scoring 15 goals.
Sunderland are also closing in on the signing of Argentinian defender Gino Peruzzi, due to fly in on Sunday to finalise his £5m move.
Right-back Peruzzi will travel to England with representatives from his club Velez Sarsfield to conclude the transfer.
And the Black Cats’ £8.5m move for Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is also progressing, with the 28-year-old expected to become the latest member of the Italian contingent on Wearside.
Meanwhile, five Sunderland games have been selected for live TV coverage as broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport released their schedules for the first three months of the Premier League campaign.
Four home games – including the Wear-Tyne derby – have been picked, along with the Black Cats’ early-season away game at newly-promoted Crystal Palace.
Sunderland’s trip to Selhurst Park will remain on Saturday, August 31, with a 5.30pm kick-off.
The home game against Liverpool has been pushed back a day to Sunday, September 29, with kick-off at 4pm. Champions Manchester United visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday, October 5, with kick-off put back to 5.30pm.
Newcastle United’s trip to Wearside has been moved to Sunday, October 27, with a 4pm kick-off, while Manchester City’s game at Sunderland has been switched to Sunday, November 10, with kick-off at 2.05pm.
All the above fixtures will be screened on Sky.
A sixth Sunderland game has also been moved, although it will not be shown live. The Black Cats’ game at Chelsea has been put back 24 hours to Wednesday, December 4, with kick-off at 7.45pm. This is due to Chelsea’s game against Southampton the previous weekend being picked for television and moved to the Sunday.