Sunderland swoop for United duo

Sunderland have completed the signings of defensive duo Wes Brown and John O’Shea from Manchester United.Both players passed a medical on Thursday and move to the Stadium of Light on four-year deals and an undisclosed fee.

A 23-cap England international able to play at right-back and centre-half, 31-year-old Brown made his first-team debut at United in 1996, going on to record 361 appearances.

He won five English Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and two FA Cups during his time at Old Trafford.

He retired from international football in August 2010.

“We are delighted to welcome a player of Wes’ ability, experience and character to the club,” Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said.

“He has been a fantastic professional for Manchester United through the years and not only will he strengthen our defensive options, he will also bring with him a winning mentality and level of maturity which can only be positive for the players around him.”

Republic of Ireland international O’Shea, 30, accumulated one Champions League and five league titles, an FA Cup winners’ medal, and three League Cups during a 12-year tenure that saw him make 265 appearances for the Red Devils.

O’Shea said: “Once I’d heard reports about the club and the people here, the ambitions and what the manager was all about, it was the only place I was going to come to.”

The defenders join Ahmed Elmohamady, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Ji Dong-won, Keiren Westwood and Sebastian Larsson as Sunderland’s close-season signings.

Blackpool’s David Vaughan has also been linked with a move to the club.