Delap set for North East

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Premiership strugglers Sunderland are keen to sign Southampton's Rory Delap on transfer deadline day.

The versatile Republic of Ireland international has been offered a two-and-a-half year contract to uproot and switch from the South Coast to the North East.

Delap's agent Neil Sillett told that a free transfer is on the brink of completion.

"There's a few i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed," Sillett informed on Tuesday morning.

"He's agreed personal terms and it's a two-and-a-half year deal.

"He is looking forward to linking up with Mick McCarthy after working with him with the Republic of Ireland national team."

Delap had previously been linked with Sunderland's North East rivals, and opponents on Tuesday night, Middlesbrough.