Joachim looking at pay cut

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Coventry City striker Julian Joachim has been told to take a pay cut or find a club willing to match his current deal.

The pacey former Aston Villa forward is The Sky Blues' highest earner, reportedly on £8,000 to £10,000 a week, and Coventry chairman Mike McGinnity has now confirmed that the club are not willing to match these terms.

City boss Eric Black is keen to keep Joachim at Highfield Road when his contract expires in the summer but the player will have to rethink his expectations, if he is to remain in the Midlands.

''Julian was very fortunate under my predecessor to be earning Premier League wages but I am telling you now, we will not be offering what he is on now,'' McGinnity told a Coventry fans' forum.

''We are waiting for his agent to contact us so we can sit down and discuss going forward.

''If they are prepared to talk sensibly then great, but if he wants Premier League wages then he will have to go out and find himself a Premier League club.''

City boss Black continued to discuss how veteran defender Richard Shaw will be welcome to remain at the club, once his playing days are over.

''Richard is someone everyone would love to stay at the club,'' said Black.

''I have built up a great respect for him both as a player and professional in the way he conducts himself. I will do everything I can to keep him at the club.''

Meanwhile, new signing Onandi Lowe could make his debut at the weekend, a full fortnight after signing on deadline day from Rushden & Diamonds.

The big Jamaican was set to make his debut last weekend but failed to report from international duty, in an incident which is now being investigated by the club.