Sunderland targets set to leave Blackpool

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SUNDERLAND targets David Vaughan and DJ Campbell have both given indications that their futures lie away from Blackpool.

Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is monitoring the cut-price duo as he looks to add proven Premier League players to his squad this summer.

Vaughan is available on a free transfer while Campbell would cost just £1million due to an escape clause in his contract.

Blackpool have offered Welsh international Vaughan a last-gasp lucrative new deal to stay at Bloomfield Road.

The 28-year-old is still expected to leave the club, although it may not be to Sunderland, with the midfielder admitting his interest in a potential move to Rangers.

Vaughan said: “I know my agent has spoken to Rangers. I’ve just got to take it from there and leave it in his hands.

“In Scotland, Rangers are a massive club and they play in the Champions League so it is an attraction.

“I’ve just got to weigh up all my options and see where it takes me.”

There will be no shortage of suitors for Campbell either after netting 13 goals in the Premier League this season.

Bruce gave the 29-year-old his big break when he took him to Birmingham from Brentford after the hitman sent Sunderland crashing out of the 2006 FA Cup.

Although Campbell is not thought to be at the very top of Sunderland’s hitlist, he is a player that Bruce is keeping tabs on.

Campbell said: “I love Blackpool and we had a better season than many people expected, but to go down was heartbreaking.

“I played in the Prem before with Birmingham and maybe I wasn’t ready for it then, but this time I was.

“There’s nothing like playing at Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge. Now I want more of it. I think I’ve proved I can play at the top.”

Meanwhile, the predictable flurry of transfer speculation is in full swing with one national paper this morning linking Liverpool with a £12million move for Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole.

The same story was bandied around last summer, one which Bruce rubbished, although the rumoured fee was for a more modest £6m.

Speculation linking Sunderland with out-of-contract Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson is similarly doubtful.

A more feasible story today was newly-promoted QPR being linked with moves for departed Sunderland pair Bolo Zenden and John Mensah.

Zenden would be an ideal signing for Neil Warnock’s side, with the out-of-contract 34-year-old showing he still has the quality for the Premier League in the final three games of Sunderland’s season.

Mensah is likely to be available on another season-long loan from Lyon, with Glasgow Rangers also keeping tabs on the Ghana skipper.

The Echo revealed yesterday how Sunderland will not be pursuing Mensah, due to his persistent injury problems.

But the 28-year-old may well be worth the risk for the Premier League newboys, who would add a quality defender for a reasonable loan fee and wages.