Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is under pressure to slash the wage budget of his squad.
The Sunday Mirror says McLeish has been told to cut his squadâ€™s average wage by Â£10,000-a-week per man.
Villa are unbeaten in the Premier League under McLeish, but despite the exits of Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Brad Friedel, Luke Young, Nigel Reo-Coker and Jean Makoun, he remains under orders to cut the wage bill further still.
At present, the clubâ€™s average wage for their first-team stars is still around Â£57,000-a-week.
Owner Randy Lerner wants to get the average down to a more manageable Â£46,000-a-week, as strict new financial fair play rules loom.