Black Cats move for Bridge

Sunderland to fend off interest for England full-back

Wayne Bridge: Set for move away from City

Sunderland look set to win the race to land Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge, Sky Sports understands.

The Black Cats have made a late move for the England defender, just as he had been set for a switch to the Championship.

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Reading, fresh with funds from their prospective new Russian owners, had agreed a deal to take Bridge - paying a substantial part of his wages.

But Sunderland have made a last-ditch bid for the 31-year-old, who now looks set for a move to the North East.

Bridge is set for a medical on Wearside on Tuesday morning, ahead of completing the deal.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill remains hopeful of bringing in a new striker, with Bolton's Kevin Davies still his top target.