Following the fallout involving Darron Gibson’s Boxing Day night out with Jonny Evans and Wayne Rooney, Sunderland are ready to make a move for the midfielder.
The three United players allegedly incurred the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson after putting in a inadequate showing in training the next day and were collectively fined over £300,000 in wages.
This has further strained the already hostile relationship between Gibson and Ferguson, who has only been picked in the league only once this season by the legendary Scottish manager.
United have been linked with midfielders such as Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder in the transfer window which will surely only push Gibson further down the pecking order.
And although Everton are sniffing around the midfielder, it seems that Gibson would prefer a move to a more financially stable club like Sunderland, who have reportedly enquired about the Irish international’s availability. He also has plenty of friends there in his former team-mates Wes Brown and John O’Shea, whom were snapped up by the Mackems in the summer.
Having the ability to fit in and be accepted within the dressing room is always a thought that crosses a professional footballer’s mind when planning their future, so having two friendly faces at Sunderland surely will be a pull that the north-east club should try and work in their favour.
New Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill squad has taken a real battering over the Christmas period in terms of injuries and he is looking to strengthen in January despite claiming last month that hardly any funds will be available.
He has been discussing potential transfer targets with owner Ellis Short and Gibson is a player that both are rumoured to be very keen on with Ferguson likely to accept offers of around £3m for the player.