Report: Sunderland Make Surprise Bid for American Michael Bradley

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 24, 2013

Jun 18, 2013; Sandy, UT, USA; United States forward Michael Bradley (4) celebrates after a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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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. 

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. 

The last time Bradley played in the EPL was during a disappointing spell at Aston Villa in 2011, where he played in just three matches during a six-month loan from Borussia Monchengladbach

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? 

Comment below or leave me a comment on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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