Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi's demands are too rich for Sunderland

11 January 2010 01:12
Demanding: Kuranyi pulled out of the move to Sunderland

Kevin Kuranyi last night turned down a £3.5million move to Sunderland after holding talks with club officials and his agents in Bavaria.

Kuranyi was given permission to miss Schalke's friendly against St Pauli in Hamburg and attend negotiations with a Sunderland delegation in the Bavarian village of Reitberg.

Despite reported interest from Chelsea, the 27-year-old striker was happy to discuss a possible deal with Sunderland at a racehorse stables owned by one of his agents, Roger Wittmann.

Another of his representatives, Jurgen Milewski, was also present, as the two parties tried to reach an agreement over his wage demands of around £3.5m a year.

But last night the Germany forward said: 'I have decided I want to stay at Schalke.'

Sunderland were ready to meet the £3.5m asking price for the Brazil-born marksman, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but were reluctant to pay such a high salary.

Schalke manager Felix Magath claimed Kuranyi had been omitted for the game against St Pauli to give other strikers an opportunity, but Magath admitted everyone except home-grown goalkeeper and Manchester United target Manuel Neuer was available at a price as the club attempt to ease their financial plight.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, who maintains an interest in Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and left back Maynor Figueroa, is also hoping to sign £2.5million-rated Paraguay midfielder Cristian Riveros, 27, from Mexican club Cruz Azul.

As revealed by Sportsmail last month, swapping Sunderland forward Kenwyne Jones for Liverpool's Ryan Babel has also been proposed but there have been no further developments.

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Source: Daily_Mail