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O'Shea hails Sunderland ambitions after completing switch

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Damien Spellman

Published 08/07/2011 | 05:00

Manchester United defender John O'Shea has signed a four-year deal to join Sunderland.

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The 30-year-old Ireland international travelled to Wearside for a medical yesterday morning and wasted little time in becoming Steve Bruce's eighth summer signing.

Like Old Trafford team-mate Wes Brown, the Waterford man has joined for an undisclosed fee after United last month accepted a joint offer of more than £12m for the pair and Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson.

O'Shea (pictured) said: "Once I'd heard reports about the club and the people here, the ambitions and what the manager was all about, it was the only place I was going to come to."

Sunderland manager Bruce added: "John has been a solid, consistent part of Manchester United's squad for well over a decade, which goes to show the fantastic pedigree of player we have signed.

"He is a wonderful professional both on and off the field and his wealth of experience and versatility will be great attributes for us."

O'Shea boasts five Premier League titles, an FA Cup winners' medal, three League Cup successes and a Champions League triumph among his list of achievements at Old Trafford.

He is also a stalwart of Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland team and like Brown, will bring experience and a winning mentality to the Stadium of Light.

He made almost 400 appearances for the Red Devils in 12 years with the club and it was thought he would take some persuading to leave.

However, despite having to delay talks earlier this week as his wife gave birth, he managed to tie up his move swiftly.

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