By Will Butcher
Wolves are said to be an option for Sunderland captain John O’Shea as his Stadium of Light contract looks set to expire, according to a report.
The Irish Times revealed that a source had informed the newspaper that Wolves are one of four Championship clubs looking to pinch the 118-time Ireland international on a free transfer.
It is believed that O’Shea is mulling over a move to the Midlands as he wants to keep his chances of being picked for Ireland at the 2018 World Cup alive.
“He’s played Champions League finals, FA Cup finals, captained Sunderland in the League Cup final and been to the Euros. But he wants to go to a World Cup,” the source revealed.
“He knows he may not get there if he’s sitting on a bench for the last year of his career. Four clubs are interested in him [all in the Championship]. Wolves are one of those.
“John, ideally, wants to remain with Sunderland but only if he’s going to play. If their new manager is not overly keen on John, then he has to leave.”
O’Shea is likely to be available to leave the Black Cats for nothing this summer as his contract expires in less than four weeks at the end of the month.
The former Manchester United star boasts a sparkling trophy cabinet that includes five Premier League trophies, a Champions League and two League Cup triumphs.
Now, the 36-year-old could be brought to Molineux to strengthen the heart of the defence following the appointment of Portuguese boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Football Insider verdict:
O’Shea still has what it takes to ply his trade in the second tier of English football, after being one of the only players from Sunderland’s side last season to hold his head high. Possessing huge experience and a winning mentality from his days at Old Trafford, O’Shea could help stem the flow of goals in Santo’s new side as the former Porto and Valencia manager looks to take Wolves from mid-table obscurity to promotion contenders next season. On a free transfer, the commanding defender will prove to be a bargain and if he can stay fit, he will be an integral member of the Wolves side next season.
In other Wolves transfer news, this Rio Ave defender is also said to be on Santo’s centre-back shortlist for a pricey £2.6million.