Sunderland are reportedly stalling over new deals for two key players.
The paper states that both players are due to see their deals expire at the end of next season, with the club holding back on new offers because there is still doubt over whether the Black Cats will be a Premier League team heading into next season.
It’s understandable because of the financial implications, which will affect the club if they are forced down into the Championship for next season.
The BBC was among the sources to report news of the latest TV rights deal for the Premier League last February, which includes a record amount of revenue for Premier League clubs than ever before when it comes into effect.
If the Black Cats are still a Premier League team from 2016 onwards then improving contracts for key players shouldn’t be a problem, but if they drop down it’s something which could see them lose two key players.
Sunderland did not have a fixture of the weekend, losing their last game 4-1 against Crystal Palace, which has left them under real pressure and just one point above the drop zone as things stand.