With two days left to go in the transfer window, another Tottenham Hotspur player is very likely headed for the exit. Spurs and Sunderland have agreed on a fee for Ryan Mason, and the player is set to undergo a medical with the Black Cats on Tuesday.
The Northern Echo is reporting that the agreed-upon transfer fee is £8m. When finalized, Mason will earn wages of £40,000/week. Mason was thought to be heading to Hull City late last week, but Sunderland made a last-minute swoop.
David Moyes has a lot of irons in the fire in this window, but not a lot of time to get things over the line. Sunderland is expected to also complete the signing of midfielder Vicente Iborra, and has been linked to moves for Danny Ings, Yann M’Vila, and Joe Hart.
Mason has been... well, let’s just say that he divides opinion when it comes to his play. But there’s no doubt that he loves Tottenham Hotspur. He was one of the first Tottenham players in the current wave to break through from Spurs’ academy into the first team. I remember watching him play in Chicago when Spurs were on their American tour in 2014, and having the chance to interview him after the match in Mauricio Pochettino’s first year. He’s a hard worker, “plays for the shirt,” and Tottenham Hotspur is close to his heart.
Landing at Sunderland means it’s likely he’ll get significant minutes in Moyes’ midfield, which is good, and what he needs in order to keep progressing as a footballer. Mason has proven himself to be a Premier League quality player, and while he had slipped down the midfield pecking order at Spurs, he should have a good career in top level football.
It’s not a done deal quite yet, but start saying your goodbyes, because this one looks like it’s going to happen.