Sunderland are close to signing Bury’s James Vaughan for a fee of £900K according to a report from the Bury Times.

Last year, it seemed like Vaughan’s time in the Sky Bet Championship was done. Birmingham City were forced to sign him on a permanent deal as part of the original transfer that brought him in loan from Huddersfield Town but as he failed to score during that spell, they didn’t really want him. And so, they sold him to Bury during the summer.

But Vaughan has used his time at the Shakers well, ending up being one of the best performers in Sky Bet League One last season. He scored 24 goals in 37 appearances, making him the second highest scorer in the league behind Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp. This attracted the eye of teams in the Championship who felt he could offer something in their league after all and some teams started to chase him.

In the last few days though, it became more apparent that Sunderland were leading the race to sign Vaughan. Their head coach Simon Grayson is very familiar with the former Everton striker having signed for Huddersfield Town on loan in 2012 before they made that deal permanent a year later. But now he is close to signing him again for his Sunderland side after being appointed as their manager recently.

Sunderland’s initial bids for Vaughan were rejected as Bury want to keep their star players around as they aim to get promoted from League One but both teams have now come to a deal with the 28-year-old striker set to make the Stadium of Light his new home for £900K. Vaughan appeared to force the move as well as he turned down several new offers from Bury.

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