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Sunderland boss Roy Keane has admitted his surprise at the lack of offers for midfielder Graham Kavanagh.

The 34-year-old former Republic of Ireland international is available on a free transfer yet no club has made a firm move for the player, who is highly rated by Keane.

Kavanagh was a Premier League regular before dropping down a division last season to help Sunderland win the Championship.

He has not featured for the Black Cats in the top flight this season but proved he still has the talent whilst on loan at Sheffield Wednesday earlier on in the campaign.

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"We've had lots of inquiries about Kav, lots of phone calls but as yet no firm offer," Keane told the Sunderland Echo.

"And I have to say that surprises me. We are not asking for a fee for him so there is only his wages to look at.

"I have tried to be fair to players who can leave and I think I have been fair with Kav in not looking to stand in his way and in not asking for a fee.

"It surprises me because when we have inquired about quality players approaching the end of their careers we have been quoted one or two million - that just seems to be the standard response.

"Whereas in Graham's case, he can go if the offer is acceptable to him yet we've still to receive anything from a club which looks like being acceptable.

"Kav has been super professional through recent times and he remains a quality player. He has got a lot to offer the right club and hopefully his situation will be sorted out to his satisfaction in the next few weeks."