This comes from Luke Edwards’ latest piece on the transfer front, revealing how the forgotten duo could be moved on via a ‘private financial settlement’ to free up some much needed space in the dressing room, with Bruce aware that he must move a few players on before he can sign in January.
Here’s a snippet from The Telegraph’s piece:
He is also acutely aware that he needs to move players out before he can bring any in, with midfielders Henri Saivet and Jack Colback earning more than £40,000-a-week, but unable to play as they were not named in the 25-man Premier League squad.
There is even a chance the club could terminate their contracts early in a private financial settlement to make some room, although this is a difficult route to go down.
Edwards highlights the fact this is a ‘difficult’ route to go down, with both earning £40,000-a-week as things stand and needing a ‘pay off’ to leave early, but the fact they are costing us over a quarter of a million per month combined shows exactly why we need them off our books.
They aren’t the only ones either, with the likes of Ki Sung-Yueng and Yoshinori Muto also being tipped to leave – with the former fifth choice and out of contract in the summer and the latter struggling to get in Bruce’s squads’; never mind his starting 11.
Bruce has played down talk of January arrivals in recent interviews, but other snippets of The Telegraph’s piece insist that there is money to spend.
That said, Bruce seems adamant on only bringing in players that will improve our first team, while the club will no doubt only sanction deals for the ‘right player’ – meaning he must meet Mike Ashley’s model in terms of age, price and potential.