Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone is on the verge of joining Sunderland after the two clubs agreed a £5million fee.

Fulham were also looking to buy the 26-year-old after Spurs made him available for transfer this summer but Sunderland are the ones that have been prepared to meet the asking price.

They have been given permission to discuss personal terms and Standard Sport understands Huddlestone will have to take a pay cut to move to the Stadium of Light.

He is believed to be on around £40,000 a week at White Hart Lane but Sunderland are only prepared to pay the England international (above) £35,000 a week. There are also concerns that Huddlestone will struggle to pass his medical having suffered a major ankle injury two years ago.

But he was able to make 28 appearances for Spurs last term and hopes the move will be able to go ahead as planned. The club are looking to let several more players leave to make room for further arrivals, including Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

They have only signed Brazil midfielder Paulinho so far but coach Andre Villas-Boas continues to be interested in Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen.