Jack Rodwell hasn't turned down a MLS move, says Sunderland boss

Jack Rodwell
Jack Rodwell

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald says Jack Rodwell hasn't turned down a move to the USA.

The Black Cats are looking to get Rodwell off their books this summer, with the midfielder's huge wages a drain on the club's finances.

Rodwell will see his salary drop from £70,000 a week to just over £40,000 a week after a 40% cut but that is still too much for the League One outfit.

The former England international has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer in the States, but Donald says talk of him rejecting a move across the Atlantic is news to him.

Replying on Twitter to a question asking if Rodwell had turned down a move, Donald said: "I don't think so. I don't think the MLS is open for business for a couple of weeks anyway. I do not know though for sure."

Donald, meanwhile, also revealed that Sunderland have had no bids for George Honeyman and Lee Cattermole, who have been linked with Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City respectively, saying: "We have not been contacted by either club."

And he said that none of his players have handed in official transfer requests - instead leaving it to their agents to try and force moves away from the Stadium of Light.

On whether any players have submitted transfer requests, Donald said: "None. They won't do that!!! They don't need to these days they just have their agents working hard. We may have talked a couple round."