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QPR Turn To Sunderland Defender Titus Bramble In Search For Centre-Back

by Gary Emmerson

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Defender could be heading to Loftus Road.

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Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has turned his attention to Sunderland defender Titus Bramble in his bid to bring in a new centre-back to aid the club’s battle against relegation.

Redknapp has so far failed in his quest to add to his defensive options following Ryan Nelsen’s appointment as head coach of Toronto FC in the MLS, being turned down in approaches for Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott, West Brom’s Jonas Olsson and Everton’s Sylvain Distin.

Source: Sunday People

Despite continued interest in Tottenham’s William Gallas, Redknapp is said to have made a move to sign Bramble from Sunderland, who would be keen to do a deal rather than let Bramble run down his contract to its conclusion in the summer when they are obliged to offer new terms if he starts more than five games this season.

The 31-year-old Bramble has only played a bit-part role for Sunderland this season following the arrival of Carlos Cueller in the summer. He did start in Saturday’s 3-0 win over West Ham – his third start of the season, but injuries forced manager Martin O’Neill’s hand.

Sunderland are set to bring in Senegal defender Kader Mangane on loan for the remainder of the season which could pave the way for Bramble’s exit from the Stadium of Light.

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