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Sbragia - No bids for Healy

And Black Cats boss rules out Chopra exit

Sbragia: Wants strength in depth

Sbragia: Wants strength in depth

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Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia insists he has not been contacted by any club regarding the availability of striker David Healy.

The Northern Ireland star has found first-team opportunities limited at the Stadium of Light this season and has been linked with a move to SPL giants Rangers.

However, Healy's representative, Stephen Hughes, recently insisted that his client was not looking to engineer a move away from the Black Cats.

And Sbragia - who has not been approached regarding the forward - does not expect to see Healy leave after informing the Sunderland board that the 29-year-old features in his plans.


"Nobody has phoned me regarding David Healy," Sbragia told Sky Sports News.

"But I spoke to David about two weeks ago and I went and told the club he is important member of the team and is a good player."

Meanwhile, Sbragia is not prepared to let Michael Chopra leave in the January transfer window.

The forward impressed in a recent loan spell at Cardiff and was keen to stay in Wales, but Sbragia wants strength in depth in his attacking options.

"From my point of view, we need four strikers," added Sbragia. "There is no way he (Chopra) will be leaving the club."