Sunderland Launch £15m Bid to Sign Man United & Man City Pair

Stadium of Light side keen on Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium bench-warmers.

Sunderland last night made a move to sign £5 million Dimitar Berbatov as the race for the Manchester United misfit begins to hot up.

Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg are also thought to have contacted Old Trafford yesterday with Berbatov now very much surplus to requirements.

Black Cats’ boss Martin O’Neill – who has also made a £10m bid for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson – is thought to have made contact with Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday about a deal to buy the 31-year-old Bulgarian.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

Martin O’Neill has been fairly quiet in the current transfer window, which is a tad surprising as his Black Cats squad is fairly thin, but the Sunderland boss appears ready to launch big moves to sign a pair of talented players who are both keen to prove their worth.

Thus far the Stadium of Light manager’s only noteworthy signings have come in the form of Carlos Cuellar and Louis Saha but now O’Neill is ready to splash the cash as he looks to persuade this Manchester based pair to move to Sunderland.

Advances for Man City winger Adam Johnson could well be helped by the fact that the England international hails from Sunderland and the chance to play regular first team football having spent more or less his entire time at the Etihad Stadium failing to secure a regular first team spot may well prove very tempting for the 25 year old.

The only possible obstacle to such a move could be the player’s wage demands, with the former Middlesbrough man presumably not being keen on taking too much of a salary cut in order to join the North-East side.

Bulgarian international Dimitar Berbatov is similarly bench bound and though there are reportedly offers from abroad the Man United man may be keen to remain in England having spent the past six years plying his trade in the Premier League. The 31 year old has been in the goal-scoring form of his life, 27 goals in his last 44 top tier appearances over the last two campaigns, but Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t appear to rate the player enough to give him the first team football he desires.

The arrival of Robin Van Persie forces the former Tottenham man down to fifth in the club’s pecking order which may well lead to Ferguson finally allowing the stylish forward to leave, for the right price.

Sunderland certainly need alternative striking options and Berbatov is a proven Premier League forward who could be purchased for a relatively cheap fee.

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