Vaughan takes time over offer by Sunderland

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Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan has revealed that Sunderland have shown interest in signing him.

Vaughan is out of contract this summer and likely to move on following Blackpool's relegation from the Premier League.

The 28-year-old has been offered a new deal at Bloomfield Road but, like his midfield partner Charlie Adam, he is keen to stay in the top flight.

The Wales international said: "I'm not sure what Charlie is going to do next season and it's down to the club if they decide to accept any bids for him.

"It's out of his hands and, for myself, I'm just talking to Blackpool and one or two other clubs. Hopefully, I will make my decision in a couple of weeks.

"Sunderland is a possibility but I am leaving everything to my agent and once I have some concrete offers I'll decide where I want to go. Obviously players want to play in the Premier League and, hopefully, that will be the case for me next season," Vaughan added.

Adam captured most attention during Blackpool's remarkable campaign and was a target for a number of clubs in January.

Yet Vaughan was just as influential and his performances were actually deemed more worthy of the club's player-of-the-year award.

The former Crewe player, who joined Blackpool three years ago after a spell at Real Sociedad, said: "Charlie was pleased for me to win the award but it's a club where individual awards are less important than the team and that's they way we have always regarded it.

"To win any award is great but when the players vote for you it's a bit more special because they understand what you go through and how well you have done."

Wherever he plays next season Vaughan is convinced Blackpool, who were relegated on the final day after making a huge initial impression in the Premier League, can challenge for promotion again.

"Obviously it was disappointing to be relegated in the end," he said. "We gave a good account of ourselves in the Premier League and on the whole we probably deserved to stay up. But we made too many mistakes and it cost us in the end.

"There were a few people saying at the start of the season that we'd be lucky to get 10 points so we proved them wrong. We knew we could compete at Premier League level but, unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough. Blackpool can bounce back. They have a good squad of players and a great manager so I'm sure they will be challenging again."

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