Simon Grayson has revealed that Sunderland are in talks with Bury over the signing of striker James Vaughan. The newly appointed Black Cats boss was speaking to Chronicle reporter James Hunter, whilst Sky Sports’ Keith Downie understands the Championship club have bid £900,000 for the player.
Grayson is no stranger to Vaughan having worked with him whilst manager of Huddersfield Town. The 28-year-old has been a big hit since making the move to Gigg Lane on a free transfer a year ago. Vaughan also played and scored against Sunderland in a recent pre-season friendly meeting between the two clubs.
The Chronicle believes that the two clubs are not far away from agreeing a fee. Bury boss Lee Clark has recently acknowledged that bids have been received for the Everton youngster, but none of which were close to their valuation. It would appear that recent developments suggest that is no longer the case. Speaking to the Bury Times last month, Clark revealed that a £500,000 bid had been rejected from an unnamed club.
Vaughan is therefore expected to become the first signing of the Grayson era at the Stadium of Light. Plenty of new faces are expected, and certainly the striker department was one that needed addressing. Losing Jermain Defoe to AFC Bournemouth and Victor Anichebe departing highlights the need for more goalscorers.
24 goals last season is certainly the main reason why clubs have been queuing up for the player. Sunderland have been linked with the likes of Aiden McGeady, Max Gradel and Daryl Murphy in recent times too, so Vaughan wouldn’t be the last new face to enter the club before the Sky Bet Championship season gets back underway.