Old Trafford boss looks to make way for further additions.
Tony Pulis has joined the race for Manchester United’s unwanted pair John O’Shea and Wes Brown.
The Potters’ boss is keen to do a double deal – valued at around £8million – and hopes to take advantage of a delay in their negotiations with Sunderland.
O’Shea’s agent has spoken with Stoke and is now pondering his offers. The Republic of Ireland defender knows his time at Old Trafford may be up, but wants the right move.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce still wants him, but the switch to Wearside is proving hard to complete – and Stoke’s interest could be well-timed.
Brown has also been a Bruce target for weeks, but he has put feelers out to Aston Villa and Everton – and Stoke may yet offer him the best home.
The former England defender is building a new house in the area and staying close to home in Staffordshire may be a more appealing proposition than heading up north to Bruce and Wearside.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Having spent over £50m to bring in Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David de Gea, from Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Atletico Madrid respectively, Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to trim his squad accordingly and veteran defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea look to be the first out the Old Trafford door this summer.
The experienced pair have notched up over 750 Man United appearances between them, as well as ten Premier League title successes but there seems little chance either of the defenders will be high up on Ferguson’s pecking order and therefore it would make sense to carve out careers elsewhere.
Clearly such a move would see the pair step out of their comfort zones but both have achieved more than enough at Man United to feel that they are more than capable of making it elsewhere. Celtic, Stoke City and Sunderland are interested in Irish international O’Shea whereas a move to Everton may be on the cards for Brown, where he will of course join former team-mates Phil Neville, Tim Howard and Louis Saha.
Ferguson will also look to accept reasonable offers for Tomasz Kuszczak, Darron Gibson, Gabriel Obertan and Jonny Evans, who has now dropped down the centre back ranking due to the arrival of Phil Jones and the continued progression of Chris Smalling.