Sunderland not closing in on Wolves’ Ward

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WOLVES left-back Stephen Ward is not thought to be on the verge of a move to Sunderland, despite reports to the contrary.

Stories last night suggested the Republic of Ireland was closing in on a £3million switch to the Stadium of Light.

But the Echo understands Sunderland have not made a bid for Ward (pictured), who made 37 Premier League appearances for last season’s top-flight basement boys.

Neither have Sunderland made an offer for Aston Villa full-back Stephen Warnock despite the former England international being left out of the club’s final pre-season game at Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Martin O’Neill has been linked with the player, who he signed for £8m in 2009, throughout the summer, but Villa have not received any enquiries for the 30-year-old.