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Transfer Season – Black Cats launch a triple swoop on United

by Sam Peoples

Experienced trio John O’Shea, Wes Brown and Darron Gibson have come into the transfer spotlight today after Sunderland launched an audacious triple bid for the 3 players. Today has been an extremely busy day for United with Phil Jones having a medical at Old Trafford when it looked like he was going to be joining Liverpool. The bid is estimated to be between £10-15 million and with Steve Bruce managing Danny Welbeck so well last season, SAF may well give his old player a helping hand next season and offload the trio. With Jones looking likely to enter the framework at Old Trafford, playing time would have been sparse and I see the utility of Jones as a direct replacement for O’Shea. Wes Brown has been a stalwart member of the team since 1996 so I will be sad to see him go but on the back of a few lacklustre performances this season, it seems like the right time to let him move on. He could extend his playing career for a few years yet under the management of Bruce. As for Gibson, at 23 he has had the time to settle in at Old Trafford but still doesn’t look like he has the composure to slot into our starting XI, so I believe it would be a good time for him to move on to help his career onwards. With a midfield signing all but necessary in the window still for United, Gibson would have been pushed even further down the pecking order than he already is. I hope this bid goes through as it will help United look to the future and replenish the youth into the squad for next season and it should boost United’s chances in the domestic cups, maybe Rooney can finally get his hands on the FA Cup medal that has proved so illusive for him so far at United.

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