Reading are set to sign John O’Shea from Sunderland on a free transfer according to a report from Sky Sports News.

The 37-year-old has been a stalwart at Sunderland after signing for them from Manchester United in 2011. He had been at the Red Devils for twelve years before that after coming through their youth system. But despite his best efforts, he was unable to stop the Black Cats from having an embarrassing double relegation which will see them playing in Sky Bet League One next season.

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And O’Shea will not be joining Sunderland in the third tier as he has said there has been no contact between him and the club since the end of the season. Instead he will be staying in the Sky Bet Championship as this report has said that Reading will be signing him. The Royals came very close to joining Sunderland in League One last season and their head coach Paul Clement is looking to reshape the squad to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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And while O’Shea is not a long-term option due to his age, his experience should be key to a Reading defence that will need to be very solid next season considering all the challenges that will be put in front of them. This may also lead to the sale of Liam Moore. Reports have said that several teams including Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in him and with O’Shea coming in, that may lead the Berkshire club to sell him.

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