OUT-OF-CONTRACT Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan has confirmed Sunderland are in the race for his signature.
The Black Cats have been keeping tabs on Vaughan for several months, with the midfielder’s displays in the top flight seeing him pip the much-heralded Charlie Adam to Blackpool’s Player of the Year prize.
Blackpool have made a lucrative offer to keep the 28-year-old at Bloomfield Road, although he is unlikely to extend his three-year stay following the Seasiders’ relegation.
Rangers remain in pole position for Vaughan and are expected to open contract talks with the Welsh international this week.
But Sunderland are still in the hunt for Vaughan, who insists he is yet to receive any firm offers.
Vaughan said: “I’m just talking to Blackpool and one or two other clubs. Hopefully I will make my decision in a couple of weeks.
“Sunderland is a possibility but I am leaving everything to my agent and once I have some concrete offers I’ll decide where I want to go.
“Obviously players want to play in the Premier League and hopefully that will be the case for me next season.”
Steve Bruce has taken a keen interest in the free agents available on the market, with Sunderland’s squad requiring significant reinforcement after the departure of Bolo Zenden and three of their four remaining loanees.
Although Vaughan is not thought to be among Bruce’s principle targets, the former Crewe man is firmly on the radar.
Meanwhile, Vaughan’s former Blackpool team-mate Andy Reid is reportedly interesting former club Nottingham Forest.
Sunderland offloaded Reid to Blackpool during the January transfer window, but the 28-year-old didn’t do enough to justify extending his six-month deal at Bloomfield Road.
Boss Ian Holloway culled the Irish winger following relegation, with Forest now prepared to offer him a return to the club where he began his career.