According to The Irish Times, Sunderland defender John O’Shea is a big transfer target of Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer. The veteran central defender wants to play regular football next season in the hope of winning a place in Ireland’s World Cup squad next summer.

The Black Cats are without a manager after David Moyes elected to resign from his post at the Stadium of Light following relegation from the Premier League. It remains to be seen who will take the helm, and if O’Shea would be in their plans. Hiring a new man quickly would certainly help O’Shea make up his mind. He may be tempted by a new challenge after six years with the Mackems, but only if Wolves were to offer him regular football.

Wolves themselves are now under the management of Nuno Espirito Santo following his departure from Porto and Paul Lambert being dismissed by the Sky Bet Championship club too. O’Shea possesses big experience at the highest level and would be vital to a Wolves side that struggled badly from a defensive aspect last season.

He made 33 appearances for Sunderland last season as they were relegated from the top flight after a dismal campaign. The majority of his career has been split between this and Manchester United, where he won several major honours.

There is therefore still a big question mark as to what O’Shea will do. It would appear the new manager at Sunderland will have a big say in this outcome. O’Shea, in an ideal world, would like to remain at the club, assuming he is given the necessary game time. Time will tell on this front.

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