DAVID Vaughan will leave Sunderland this summer after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light.
The Tyne-Wear derby hero is about to enter the last year of his contract and the club are looking to cash in on the midfielder rather than risk losing him for nothing when his contract expires at the end of next season, or alternatively offering him a new deal which would take him into his early 30s.
That decision has alerted Crystal Palace who are ready to give him the chance to stay in the Premier League and earn much more of a first-team role than he enjoyed at Sunderland.
Palace boss Ian Holloway managed Vaughan when they were together at Blackpool and could not rate the playmaker – who was voted Player of the Season in the Tangerines sole Premier League campaign – more highly.
When Blackpool were relegated at the end of the 2010-11 season, Holloway stood on the turf at Old Trafford and lamented the fact the best team he had ever assembled would now be broken up and feared that he might never manage again: “players of the quality of Charlie Adam and David Vaughan,”
Now he has the chance to get one of those crown jewels back with Vaughan’s availability.
Newly-promoted Crystal Palace have already enquired about Vaughan’s position and registered their interest with the player’s agent.
And although other clubs might look at the situation it would be a major surprise if Vaughan didn’t end up at Selhurst Park next season, providing a fee and personal terms can be agreed.
Sunderland will hope to get at least £1m for a player who cost them nothing and from a business point of view it is hard to argue with the sale, although many fans are likely to feel a twinge of sadness that a player who gave them such a perfect moment on Tyneside looks soon to be on his way out of Wearside. Reply Reply to all Forward
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