IRELAND midfielder Darron Gibson would relish a move to Sunderland.
The 23-year-old is one of three Manchester United players targeted by Black Cats boss Steve Bruce following the sale of Jordan Henderson to Liverpool.
A fee of around £12million is understood to have been accepted, and Gibson is up for the move – and he hopes United team-mates John O’Shea and Wes Brown will also be interested in a move north.
With Bruce and the players on holiday, any deals are likely to be at least a fortnight away, but Gibson (pictured) is keen on the chance to kick-start his career with Sunderland.
He said: “It wouldn’t faze me one bit to leave Manchester United. All I want is what’s best for me.
“So, if the best thing for me is to leave and go somewhere that I’ll play every week, then so be it.
“Steve Bruce has played under Sir Alex Ferguson as well and I think he bases his managerial style on Sir Alex. If it came to it, I would love to play for Steve Bruce, but, at the minute, I’m not sure what’s going on.
“It would not only be a massive help for us (including O’Shea and Brown) going together, but it would be a massive boost for Sunderland as well. We’ve played together for four or five years, we know each other and that experience would be brilliant for any team.
“Even if we went individually, it would be brilliant for the club.”
Gibson added: “It has come to the stage where I’m nearly 24 and I’m going to have to go somewhere else if I don’t start playing regularly.
“If it comes down to it, I just want to go somewhere where it’s right for me.
“I haven’t sat down with Sir Alex to talk about it, but, obviously, if it comes to me not playing as much as I would like next season then I’ll have to move on.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has hailed the capture of Henderson, saying: “I saw Jordan at first hand for two or three days with England (in November) and he is a good player with energy.”