Size matters in bid for Vaughan

WANTED ... Sunderland target David Vaughan.
WANTED ... Sunderland target David Vaughan.

SUNDERLAND boss Steve Bruce is weighing up a move for Blackpool ace David Vaughan – but the player’s lack of height may count against him.

Bruce is mulling over up a move for the out-of-contract Blackpool midfielder as he looks to revamp his squad.

Blackpool’s crunch relegation clash at Manchester United tomorrow is expected to be Vaughan’s last for the Seasiders, with his contract set to expire this summer.

Sunderland have been following his progress for several months, with Rangers and Everton also interested in the Welsh international.

As things stand, Vaughan is not thought to be at the top of Steve Bruce’s list of targets, and is not one of the three Bosmans the Sunderland boss has identified with chairman Niall Quinn.

But Bruce is still monitoring the 28-year-old as he looks to boost an injury-ravaged squad that will be further depleted by the return of Sunderland’s loanees to their parent clubs.

The one hurdle to a potential move to Wearside though is likely to be whether Bruce considers Vaughan to be too similar to the midfielders already at his disposal.

Sunderland are blessed with several short and skilful players in the shape of Steed Malbranque, Jack Colback and Stephane Sessegnon.

Although Vaughan would prove to be a like-for-like replacement for the departing Bolo Zenden, Bruce wants to add a different dimension to his midfield.

Birmingham’s out-of-contract midfielder Seb Larsson is one of the three Bosmans Bruce is targeting, and Vaughan may be too similar to the Swedish international.

Sunderland remain on the lookout for cost-effective signings, particularly with Bruce needing to boost his attacking options, and Vaughan will remain on the Black Cats’ radar.

Blackpool have not given up hope of keeping hold of the former Crewe man either, with chairman Karl Oyston admitting this week that the Seasiders believe they can keep tie down their out-of-contract players.

“The situation is that we will do all we can to keep them within the structure we’ve got,” said Oyston.

“It is wonderful these lads have so many options. They fully deserve to have them and the interest people are showing. We will do the best we can and hope that is enough to keep the players the manager wants.”

“By the same token, you always accept in football that players come and go. Players will progress through their careers and see their future elsewhere.

“When that happens, it is up to myself and the manager to keep bringing players in to keep the club going in the direction we all want.

“What division we are in doesn’t necessarily dictate what we can offer these players, but it would obviously be a major factor.”