Stoke manager Tony Pulis has revealed record signing Kenwyne Jones has taken a significant pay cut to join the Potters.
It is understood Jones was earning around £60,000 per week in his final contract with the Black Cats, way beyond Stoke's financial clout.
But as well as agreeing to spread the £8million paid for Jones over a period of four years, Sunderland have also assisted Stoke with regard to the wages.
Pulis refused to reveal details, although it is believed Jones was given a one-off goodbye payment from Sunderland, easing him off their wage bill.
The Trinidad & Tobago international now falls into line with the wage structure at the Britannia Stadium, a crucial element in the deal as far as Pulis was concerned.
"The wages he was earning at Sunderland we could not afford. He was on quite a bit of money, but he is not on that at Stoke," confirmed Pulis. "So they have looked after that as well to enable him to come down to the structure we have at this club, which is very important for us."