Blackpool, Derby County, Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest all mentioned.
The 30-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has many suitors in the nation’s second tier despite having almost signed for Crystal Palace during the summer window. Paolo Di Canio reiterated that the former Real Sociedad man had a part to play for Sunderland and has made 4 appearances under his management this season.
Gus Poyet seems reluctant to play him and a move seems best for all parties involved, but where could the Welsh international move to?
Blackpool – The former fans favourite could make a shock return to his old side that are currently sat in one of the play-off positions. David Vaughan would bring a huge lift to the club as they look to carry on their form going into the New Year.
Derby County – Steve McClaren will look to improve the squad anyway he can, previously a target for the Rams under the old regime they will have previously left over information on the proven Championship performer. He would face strong competition as Derby can boast one of the most talented midfields in the Championship, but his experience and ‘know-how’ could come in handy for their promotion push.
Leeds United – Brian McDermott has been looking to strengthen his side in any way he can, last week saw the loan signing of Dexter Blackstock from Nottingham Forest and David Vaughan would obviously be an attractive figure for the former Reading boss who will look to carry on his assault up the table.
Sheffield Wednesday – Winless Wednesday are in dire need of fresh blood and a boost to prevent them being dragged into a long-term relegation battle. The owls have used the loan system well in recent years, using the likes of Antonio and Ben Marshall to aid their promotion and Wickham to keep them fighting in the Championship last season. He would be quite a coup for Dave Jones who is current fighting for his career.
Nottingham Forest – The chairman has recently hinted that he will back Billy Davies with anyone he wants, the former Derby and Preston manager is a fan of bringing in experienced players with the grit and determination to win games and David Vaughan has previously been mentioned with the City Ground side. Forest, who are currently hanging on to 6th place in the league after a pretty dire run of form will look to inject a bit of quality into their side to keep their promotion hopes going until the January transfer window where they can look to flex their financial power more.
The destination may seem mystery but there is no doubt that the player will be at a new club within the next couple of weeks.
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