Wednesday, 25 May 2011

David Vaughan Joins Sunderland

Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan has agreed a three-year deal with Sunderland following the relegation of Ian Holloway's side last weekend.Vaughan has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Blackpool's higher profile over the last 12 months and has had a hugely impressive season at Bloomfield Road.While Charlie Adam may have stolen most of the headlines - and speculation - relating to his future, Vaughan has also caught the eye of Sunderland manager Steve Bruce who is keen to freshen up his midfield.Sunderland somehow finished 10th in the Premier League despite chronically underperforming in the second half of the season and Bruce believes that the Welsh international can add the creative spark that the likes of Ahmed Elmohamady, Jordan Henderson and Stephane Sessegnon do not provide.Blackpool have desperately tried to convince Vaughan to sign a new deal at Bloomfield Road but he has resisted all those attempts, primarily because the 28-year-old knows that Blackpool can never match whatever wages can be offered elsewhere.

Blackpool's £10,000-a-week pay ceiling restricts their negotiating power and owner Karl Oyston has initiated an immediate 50 per cent decrease in wages following the club's return to the Championship and that is likely to have prompted Vaughan to hasten his exit from the Fylde coast.

On a footballing level, he has also more than proved his worth this season and underlined that he is good enough to remain in the Premier League.

He is expected to walk through the Blackpool exit alongside Marlon Harewood who is also understood to have agreed a deal with Championship side Millwall.

Harewood signed a two-year deal with Blackpool last summer but is expected to leave for the Den on a further two-year contract after spending the last three months of the season on loan at Barnsley.

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