Transfer talk: Reading linked with £1m bid for Sunderland’s Vaughan

HAPPY TO PLAY ... David Vaughan

HAPPY TO PLAY ... David Vaughan

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READING have reportedly made a £1million offer for Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan.

The Welsh international is able to leave the Stadium of Light this summer if Sunderland receive an acceptable offer and it would appear relegated Reading are keen to tie up a deal.

As the Echo revealed earlier this month, Sunderland have been asking £1m for Vaughan, who is in the final year of his contract at the Stadium of Light.

Crystal Palace, managed by Vaughan’s former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, had been monitoring the midfielder’s situation and were favourites to secure his signing, while Steve Bruce’s Hull City have also been credited with an interest in the 30-year-old.

Vaughan was suspended for Saturday’s opening match against Fulham after picking up a red card on the final day of last season, and played a minimal role in Sunderland’s pre-season friendlies - his only appearances came in two behind-closed-doors games at the Black Cats’ Italian training camp.

The arrivals of Cabral and El Hadji Ba have pushed Vaughan down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light, while Di Canio remains intent on adding another creative midfielder to his squad.