Sunderland offer to rip up Jack Rodwell's £70,000-a-week contract

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JULY 12: Jack Rodwell of Sunderland in action during the pre season friendly between Livingston and Sunderland at Almondvale Stadium
Image: Jack Rodwell has not played a first-team game since September

Sunderland have offered to cancel Jack Rodwell's contract after their highest-paid player asked to leave, Sky sources understand.

The cash-strapped Championship side are willing to cancel his £70,000-a-week deal and let him leave for free.

However, the 26-year-old and his agent are yet to respond to the club's offer as they decide their next steps.

Sky Sports News understands the player had hoped to negotiate a pay-off but has been made aware Sunderland cannot afford such an agreement.

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland celebrates scoring his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United
Image: Rodwell has started in a winning Sunderland team only once in nearly four years

Cancelling his contract would mean Rodwell would walk away from future earnings of over £5m, and Sunderland would, in turn, waive receiving a transfer fee.

Sunderland signed Rodwell from Manchester City for £10m three years ago.

The 26-year-old has only featured in three matches this season, and he has only once been on a winning Sunderland side in a match in which he has started.

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He was the only Sunderland player not to have a relegation clause in his contract, meaning he has been earning more than double of any of his team-mates, despite being consistently injured.

Sky Sports News understands there is a feeling within Sunderland that Rodwell could be doing more to make himself available to play as they battle at the foot of the Championship under Chris Coleman.

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