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Former Premier League winner O'Shea to join Reading

O'Shea has suffered consecutive relegations with Sunderland. Credit: PA

John O'Shea is to continue his playing career at Reading after bringing his seven-year stay at Sunderland to a close.

Press Association Sport understands the 37-year defender, who made his 118th and final appearance for the Republic of Ireland against the United States on Saturday evening, has agreed a deal with the Sky Bet Championship club.

O'Shea indicated at a press conference in Dublin on Friday that he had had no contact with the Black Cats over an extended stay at the Stadium of Light, where he signed a one-year extension last summer.

The former Manchester United star made 40 appearances for Sunderland last season, but could not prevent the club from slipping to a second successive relegation.

He has previously indicated that he wanted to continue playing for another season, but that his longer-term future could lie in coaching and management.

Man Utd close to deal for Porto defender Dalot - reports

Portugal U21 international Diogo Dalot Credit: PA

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for highly-rated Porto full-back Diogo Dalot, according to reports in Portugal and England.

After finishing runners-up in both the Premier League and FA Cup, Jose Mourinho has set about trying to bolster his squad for an improved challenge next season.

Among United's targets is 19-year-old Porto full-back Dalot, who is preparing to switch the club he joined in 2008 for Old Trafford.

Reports claim there is a good chance of a deal being reached between United and Mourinho's former club instead of using the 20 million euros (£17.5 million) release clause that soon becomes active.

Dalot, a right-back capable playing on the left, has only made a handful of senior appearances for Porto, but is considered a huge talent and has attracted interest from many teams across Europe.

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