Sunderland close in on O'Shea
Having sealed a deal for Wes Brown, United's Darron Gibson is also still on the radar and Sunderland have high hopes of completing a triple swoop on Old Trafford. Bruce targeted the trio several weeks ago and had a joint bid of more than £12 million accepted.
Gibson was quick to indicate his willingness to consider a move to the Stadium of Light, but that deal has proved to be the most problematic. However now O'Shea, 30, has edged ever closer to accepting Sunderland's offer to add experience and know-how to a defence which was badly affected by injuries last season.