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Arsenal legend dampens talk of Sunderland switch

Roy Keane was incredibly busy in the transfer market this summer, drafting in the likes of Djibril Cisse, El Hadji Diouf and Steed Malbranque but to name three! However, these names would pale into insignificance compared to the latest player who has reportedly been in talks with Sunderland over the past couple of weeks, regarding a possible move. Surely this couldn’t possibly happen, could it?

The local papers have been full of rumours linking Patrick Vieira with a possible move to the Stadium of Light. Yes, that’s the Frenchman who regularly locked horns with Roy Keane when Arsenal played Manchester United a few seasons ago, with the pair embroiled in tunnel punch-ups and crunching tackles on the pitch. Setanta report that the former Gunners midfielder has suggested that no move is imminent at the moment.

Patrick Vieira has played down talk of a move to Sunderland, with the France midfielder insisting he is happy at Inter.

Reports on Saturday suggested Black Cats chief Roy Keane was mulling over a bid for his former Premier League sparring partner.

Keane issued a swift denial on Saturday evening and Vieira has moved to cool the talk by insisting he is keen to secure success under Jose Mourinho.

”Everything is going very well here,” Vieira is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. “We’re progressing in the Champions League and the club is up at the top of the Italian league.”

It would clearly be excellent to see the Frenchman return to the Premier League, and there are many teams (Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton included) who could do with a player like Vieira, winning the ball in midfield and acting as protection for porous defences. Still, it appears as though Sunderland aren’t particularly close to landing the player at the moment.

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