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Sunderland boss Simon Grayson admits Snodgrass interest

Robert Snodgrass Credit: PA

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has admitted his interest in West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass.

The 29-year-old Scotland international has been told he can leave his current club just seven months after his arrival from Hull in a £10.2 million deal.

Grayson had revealed earlier this week that the Black Cats had missed out on a move for Bournemouth's Max Gradel despite reaching an agreement with the Cherries.

Asked if he was interest in Snodgrass, with whom he worked with at Leeds, Grayson told a press conference: "When people like him become available you would be foolish not to consider it.

"Again, that would be a deal dictated by finances. Can we do it? Who knows, but we might ask the question."

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Sunderland goalkeeper Mannone leaves club for Reading

Mannone has spent four seasons on Wearside

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has joined Sky Bet Championship side Reading.

The 29-year-old Italian has signed an three-year contract with the Royals.

Mannone joined Sunderland from Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and spent four seasons on Wearside.

During that time, he made a total of 80 appearances, including playing in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in 2014.

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Jermain Defoe completes 3yr deal with Bournemouth, reports Press Association

Jermain Defoe Credit: PA

Jermain Defoe has completed a move to Bournemouth on a three-year deal, according to Press Association Sport.

The 34-year-old left Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

And the England striker returns to Bournemouth, where he had a successful loan spell early in his career.

Earlier this month, while on England duty, Defoe said the move to the south coast was happening.

He scored 18 times on a season-long loan at Bournemouth from West Ham in 2000-01 and netted in 10 successive matches.

It is understood Defoe will earn around £65,000 a week.

Former West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth striker Defoe joined the Black Cats in January 2015 but was unable to halt their slide into the Championship last term despite netting 15 Premier League goals.

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