Could Sunderland Really Land Manchester United First-Teamer?

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Wes Brown has featured regularly at right-back for champions Manchester United this season, so it’s something of a surprise to see him linked with a move to Sunderland in The Guardian. OK, so the 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and it’s entirely possible that Gary Neville will return to the United defence in the next few months, sidelining Brown to the bench once again. However, would the influence of Roy Keane really be enough to make him leave the only club of his professional career?

”Roy Keane was yesterday linked with transfer window moves for Chelsea’s midfielder Steve Sidwell, Manchester United’s defender Wes Brown and the Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts. Whether any end up at Sunderland remains to be seen but it has been suggested that Keane has £20m to spend to next month as he endeavours to stave off relegation.”

Both Sidwell and Roberts have demonstrated they’re good enough to play in the top flight. The former was inspirational last season during Reading’s first season in the Premier League, while Roberts was the same during Wigan’s season of 2005-6 when he scored 14 goals.