More could leave Sunderland

First published in Sport The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Football/Golf Writer

MARTIN O'NEILL is prepared to listen to offers for more of Sunderland's first team squad if he thinks a move will benefit all parties.

Michael Turner's move to Norwich City last week highlighted the manager's willingness to allow players to leave if he thinks the team can cope.

And O'Neill has admitted Turner was not the only member of the Sunderland party to be told they could be presented with an option to leave if a suitable bid comes in.

"I said to some of the players here, if an opportunity arises, I will look at it," said O'Neill, who remains keen to strike a deal for £15m-rated Steven Fletcher. "Norwich were prepared to give him at least a three-year deal, I thought 'fine'.

"I can't guarantee first-team football, so fair play to him. If it hadn't materialised, I'd have been pretty pleased, he was still in my plans. It's a position where my concern is we do have a number of players at centre-half who have had injury problems, which is why we brought in Carlos Cuellar."

While there will be consideration made to offers that come in for some of the players, O'Neill hinted that Titus Bramble could still have a long-term future at the club.

O'Neill said: "Titus has had a few injury problems, but he's over those now. A fit Titus Bramble is an asset to us, he needs to stay fit that's the main thing.

"It's an interesting one, we don't want to overcook it but we need him properly fit. You might get away with half a game or one game, but if you're in there you'll get found out. We can't have him going through seven or eight games."

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