By Noel Whelan

10th Aug, 2021 | 1:51pm

Pundit: Everton may be stuck with huge Delph wages after Echo update

Noel Whelan has suggested Everton could be stuck with Fabian Delph unless he agrees to take a pay cut to leave.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested that the midfielder’s wages and injury record would be an obstacle for any club looking to complete a deal.

The Liverpool Echo (August 5th) claim Delph has been told he can leave the club before the end of the window.

The Athletic claim the versatile midfielder will not be offered an extension on his contract, said to be worth close to £100,000-a-week, as he heads into the final 12 months of his current deal.

The 31-year-old has struggled with injury problems in recent years which have limited his availability.

Whelan suggested fitness concerns plus big wage demands could put potential suitors off.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He’s had very little game time during the last two or three seasons.

“I think that’s the problem, he has been hampered with little injuries.

“That’ll be a stumbling block, teams will be worried about whether they can keep him fit.

“If you could keep him fit all season, you’d have a fantastic player on your hands.

“He’d be a standout player in the Championship if that’s where he ends up going.

“If he wants another club and wants to play regularly again, he will have to take a pay cut.

“I watched him come through at Leeds, and he is so talented with so much to offer.

“His injury record will frustrate him. I’m sure he will have worked hard over pre-season to put himself in the shop window but Everton could be stuck with him.”

In other news, Everton have lined up a new signing for another problem position.