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Sunderland sign Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan

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Brown and O'Shea join Bruce's revolution

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Sunderland complete deal for Manchester United defender Wes Brown

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John O'Shea to undergo Sunderland medical

Manchester United defender John O'Shea is due to have a medical at Sunderland today.

Bruce nears deal for Brown and O'Shea

Steve Bruce was last night closing in on more transfer success as Sunderland worked to thrash out the details of a double move for the Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O'Shea.

Sunderland send Cristian Riveros on loan

Sunderland have confirmed that Paraguay international midfielder Cristian Riveros has joined Turkish club Kayserispor on a year-long loan deal.

Sunderland step up pursuit of Manchester United trio Darron Gibson, Wes Brown and John O'Shea

Steve Bruce will this week step up his efforts to persuade a trio of Manchester United players to swap Old Trafford for Sunderland.

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Ed Miliband condemns the public services strike, making a full house of establishment figures against it ("Britain takes sides" 29 June).

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