FORMER Sunderland strike force Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones remain the subjects of transfer speculation
The Sunday Mirror suggests a move to Swansea is on the cards for Jones as new Stoke boss Mark Hughes gets to work on a clear-out at the Britannia Stadium this summer.
Jones came close to moving to Swansea in the January transfer window this year but then City boss Tony Pulis was reluctant to part with the powerful forward as the West Midlands side slid down the table.
Swansea had a £3m rejected at the time but Swans boss Michael Laudrup is expected to be more successful this summer with the same bid.
Meanwhile Darren Bent is giving Aston Villa a massive headache as they look to offload a striker who cost an initial £18m, rising to a potential £24m, to buy from Sunderland.
Newcastle, Fulham and Hull are said to be keen but want to go no higher than £5m, while Villa are holding out for at least £8m.
That figure is putting off pursuing clubs and the £65,000 per week wages Bent negotiated as part of his move to Villa Park isn’t helping either.
Should Bent leave and move for less wages, then Villa will be expected to make up the difference for the last two years of his contract.
And if clubs will not pay more than £50,000 per week, the ceiling figure being reported by the Sunday Mirror, then Villa face stumping up an extra £1.5m in wages for the player when he leaves.
It is one of several big financial headaches the West Midlands club have, with rarely-used Stephen Ireland on £55,000 per week with another year on his contract.
And 37-year-old Shay Given, reserve to first-choice to Brad Guzan last season, reportedly still has three years to run on a £60,000 a week deal.