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Tottenham plan shock move for former Manchester United defender



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John O'Shea

Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a shock move in signing Sunderland centre-back John O’Shea.

The North London club will allow their skipper Michael Dawson leave White Hart Lane as a free agent after the defender’s contract expires on June 30. With the England international on his way in the summer transfer window, Tottenham will be left with Vlad Chiricheș, Jan Vertonghen and Younès Kaboul as the first choice defenders.

Chiricheș has seen his appearances being limited in his debut season, while Kaboul has been struggling with fitness and seen his form drop last campaign. Tottenham appointed former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino as Tim Sherwood’s successor.

According to The Telegraph, Tottenham are set to bring the former Manchester United defender to replace Dawson in the squad this summer. The versatile Republic of Ireland international was released by the Old Trafford club in 2011.

O’Shea has one year left on his contract at the Stadium of Light. The Telegraph believes a bid of £3m will see Sunderland allow their centre-back leave the club in the summer transfer window.

The 33-year-old played a crucial role alongside Wes Brown in helping the Black Cats avoid relegation. The two were instrumental in Sunderland’s defence in the second half of the last season.

The Argentine manager would be keen on strengthening Tottenham’s back four, which has leaking goals, especially against big clubs last season. A move for United’s Champions League winning star would only add value to the North London club’s squad.

The same report also claims Tottenham are interested in re-signing Steven Caulker from Cardiff City, just one year after they allowed him to join the Welsh club.