Sunderland boss Roy Keane is ready to smash his wage ceiling to land Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar.

The Sunday Mirror says Keane is ready to make Cuellar the highest paid player in Sunderland history after lodging a £7million bid for the Rangers defender.

Boss Keane hopes to lure the 26-year-old Spanish star, the Scottish Premier League player of the year, by offering him £45,000 a week - well above what any player currently rakes in at the club.