Bryan Oviedo’s wage demands are getting in the way of Sunderland’s hopes of signing the Costa Rica international, according to the Northern Echo, with Rosenborg and Club Brugge both interested.
The Black Cats suffered a heartbreaking end to the 2018/19 season, losing twice at Wembley in the final of the League One play-offs and the Checkatrade Trophy.
But that should not distract from the brilliant job Stuart Donald and Charlie Methven have done since ending the nightmare reign of Ellis Short at the Stadium of Light.
Cash-strapped Sunderland have managed to get rid of high earners like Lamine Kone, Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji while Lee Cattermole left the club earlier this summer too, although the former captain will be missed on Wearside.
In an ideal world, 29-year-old Oviedo, a £1.8 million signing from Everton in 2017, would be the next to go. He is one of the most expensive players in League One and wasn’t even a regular starter in the third tier last season.
According to Northern Echo, Norwegian outfit Rosenborg and Belgian giants Club Brugge have made ‘formal approaches’ but Sunderland are struggling to offload a player who is their biggest earner by some way.
That’s what happens when you sign a player on Premier League wages and then suffer two relegations in two years. The Black Cats only have themselves to blame.
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