Sunderland have put a bid in for Wes Brown, John O’Shea and Darron Gibson, in a bid to add further former reds to their set up in the North East. All three players have to agree terms otherwise a new deal will have to be offered by the club.

After Gibson’s international manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, told the midfielder he needed to leave United in order to gain more first time football, Gibson claimed there was nowhere better for him to learn his football than United, so he would stay.

However, after a bid has been accepted, Gibson has had a change of heart, and now thinks first time football is the best option for him.

“If Sunderland get the three of us it would be unbelievable business,” he said. “It wouldn’t faze me one bit to leave, all I want is what’s best for me. So if the best thing for me is to leave and go somewhere that I’ll play every week then so be it. I haven’t sat down with Sir Alex to talk but if it comes to me not playing as much as I’d like next season I’ll have to move. I’m nearly 24. I’m going to have to go somewhere else if I don’t start playing regularly.”

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