SUNDERLAND will need to splash out £5million if they are to prise Jordon Mutch away from Cardiff City.
As the Echo reported yesterday, Sunderland are thought to have seen an offer of around £3.5m rejected for the attacking midfielder who netted seven goals for the relegated Bluebirds last season.
The Black Cats are considering making an improved bid for the 22-year-old, who has only 12 months remaining on his contract at the Cardiff City Stadium.
But sources in Wales suggest that Sunderland will need to make an offer of at least £5m for Cardiff to consider selling Mutch, who caught the eye in December’s clash between the two sides.
There is a suggestion that Mutch has a release clause in his contract, with that figure thought to be around the £5m mark.
Cardiff insist they are yet to receive a formal offer for Mutch’s services and the Championship outfit remain hopeful that the former Birmingham City academy product will remain at the club for their promotion challenge.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer certainly sees Mutch as part of his plans and wants to sign the England Under-21 international up to a new contract.
But the suggestion that Cardiff are now willing to offload Mutch, even for a hefty fee of £5m, is a change of stance from a month ago when chairman Mehmet Dalman insisted the midfielder was going nowhere.
“Jordon is a Cardiff City player and that will not change,” he said.