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Sunderland are preparing a triple bid for Manchester United stars Darron Gibson, John O’Shea and Wes Brown after losing Jordan Henderson to Liverpool for £20million.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce was already expected to be busy in the transfer market but now armed with the transfer fee will act quickly to snap up his players.
He wants to sign up to eight new players following the departures of Henderson and Darren Bent and the loan expirations of Danny Welbeck, John Mensah and Nedum Onouha.
The Sunderland board have made their first move and have lodged a bid of around £12million for the United trio according to Sky Sports.
And it is believed United are ready to do business for the players who have all come through the ranks at Old Trafford.
Defenders Brown and O’Shea as well as midfielder Gibson will now decide whether they want to make the switch to Wearside in the coming days.