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Bardsley "set to leave Sunderland"

Sunderland have suffered a blow in their summer recruitment plans.

It's been reported that Phil Bardsley has turned down a new contract at the Stadium of Light and is set to sign for Stoke City on a free transfer.

The Black Cats were keen to keep the 28-year old defender, but after six years on Wearside, Bardsley says he needs a "fresh challenge".

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