Following the departure of Jordan Henderson to Liverpool this morning, Steve Bruce has been keen to find an immediate replacement with a bid for Manchester United’s Darron Gibson, as well as defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea.
In all, Sunderland have reportedly bid £12 million for the Manchester United trio.
After suffering with injuries over the past few seasons, and with the emergence of both Fabio and Rafael during the second half of the past season, Wes Brown has found himself surplus to requirements at Manchester United, whom are on the cusp of signing Blackburn’s young centre back, Phil Jones. Brown has won the Premier League on 5 occasions, as well as having 2 Champions League winners medals. He was in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2001. Now 31, he has made just 33 league appearances over the past 3 seasons.
John O’Shea has been a utility man at Old Trafford since making his first team debut in 1999. He has 5 Premier League winners medals to his name and 70 caps for the Republic of Ireland. He is 30 years old.
Meanwhile Darron Gibson is only 23 and looked like he had great potential in his first few Premier League games for Manchester United, showing good passing ability and a desire to shoot from long range. However, over the past season he was a liability and even received boos from his own fans.
With Michael Owen and Owen Hargreaves told they are no longer required at Old Trafford, it appears Sir Alex Ferguson could be having a clear out ahead of next season. Jonny Evans has been linked with a move to Bolton Wanderers.