By Tom Blackburn
Sunderland have agreed to pay Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason £40,000-a-week in a bid to win the race for his signature, according to a report.
The Mail claim that Mason has met with the Black Cats and settled personal terms as they try to hijack Hull’s deal for the 25-year-old.
It is said that Hull have agreed an £8million deal with Tottenham to sign Mason and have not given up hope of tempting him to Humberside but they do not have an agreement with the player.
Sky journalist Tim Thornton claimed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that Mason was speaking to another club despite Spurs and Hull agreeing a fee.
I understand Hull have agreed a fee and offered terms to Ryan Mason. He is now speaking to another club #hcafc
— Tim Thornton (@TimThornton3) August 26, 2016
Mason still has four years left on his current Spurs contract, but is deemed surplus to requirements after being unused from the bench in the club’s opening three matches.
The Spurs youth graduate has fallen behind Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and new signing Victor Wanyama in the club’s pecking order.
The midfielder has had loan spells at five different clubs during his career, including a stint in France with Lorient.
He made his Tottenham debut against Dutch side NEC Breda in the UEFA Cup group stages in 2008, and has one England cap after he came on as a substitute against Italy in 2015.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a 19-year-old hat-trick hero has rejected a move to Spurs.