Report: Sunderland Make Surprise Bid for American Michael Bradley
While American fans were waking up to the sight of one American, Jozy Altidore, on national television for Sunderland in the English Premier League, rumors of another American, Michael Bradley, joining the Wearside club emerged.
According to the MLSSoccer.com American Exports blog, a bid of €7 million was made on Saturday by the Black Cats for the Roma midfielder.
Dan Salisbury-Jones of Sky Tyne and Wear confirmed the speculation in his report that claimed Paolo di Canio was still in search of a central midfielder after missing out on Tom Huddlestone, who joined Hull City from Tottenham last week.
ESPN's Taylor Twellman contradicted those reports with a tweet that cited his sources, who said a bid had not been made by Sunderland.
My sources tell me there has NOT been a bid from Sunderland for Bradley. Seriously doubt @OfficialASRoma sells him unless stupid money!!— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) August 24, 2013
Bradley joined Roma just a year ago after impressing many Italians during his one-year spell at Chievo Verona.
The 26-year-old is the midfield lynchpin for the United States men's national team, and for him, receiving consistent first-team football is a must leading into the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He's too good for them. RT @jayalldayerrday So Sunderland made a bid for Bradley! Thoughts?— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) August 24, 2013
Rumors of Michael Bradley move to Sunderland. Tasty, tasty player and branding gold within American market for any EPL club that signs him— roger bennett (@rogbennett) August 24, 2013
In his young career, Bradley has searched for long-term stability at the club level as he has already donned the kit of six different professional clubs.
The move seems to make little sense on the surface, but like we have learned with the Clint Dempsey transfer saga from earlier this summer, anything is possible when it comes to American players on the move nowadays.
Does Michael Bradley to Sunderland make any sense?
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