Manchester United On Verge of Completing £7m Striker Move

Youngster forced to find first team football elsewhere.

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The Rumour

Sunderland are set to trump Hull City for Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell.

The Times says Steve Bruce is on the verge of completing his first signing as Sunderland manager, with Campbell set to leave Manchester United for the Stadium of Light.

Bruce, who has also made an £11 million bid for Peter Crouch, the Portsmouth striker, has held discussions with Campbell’s representatives after negotiating a fee, understood to be more than £5 million, with United.

The forward is expected to undergo a medical this weekend. Hull City, where Campbell spent the 2007-08 season on loan, have been long-term admirers of the England Under-21 international, who was also linked with a move to Newcastle United.

The Source: (The Times as reported on

The Analysis

This move seems inevitable as Sir Alex seems to consider the youngster as not part of his long term plans. Frazier Campbell was an instant hit when loaned out to Hull City and helped them to promotion to the Premier League and was then farmed out to Spurs as part of the deal to take Dimitar Berbatov to Old Trafford but the 21 year old didn’t really get much of a look in at White Hart Lane.

Obviously Phil Brown would dearly love to bring the striker back to the KC stadium but he could well prefer the option of joining Steve Bruce at the Stadium of Light. The north east club appears to have a decent wad of cash to help improve the club’s fortunes and Campbell may believe that the Black Cats are a better option.

The Likelihood

Campbell to Sunderland: Will almost certainly happen.

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