Arsenal are ready to launch a shock bid for Manchester United defender John O'Shea, according to the Mirror.

The Republic of Ireland international has reportedly been told he can leave Old Trafford this summer and was expected to complete a move to Sunderland following the Black Cats' £12 million bid for himself and compatriots Darron Gibson and Wes Brown.

However, with Gael Clichy expected to leave Arsenal, Arsene Wenger's side are short of experience at full-back, with Kieran Gibbs having made just 18 Premier League appearances for the club.


United have already brought in Phil Jones this summer from Blackburn Rovers, and with Rafael and Fabio having both jumped ahead of O'Shea in the pecking order at right-back, the 30-year-old appears surplus to requirements at the 19-time league champions.

Gary Cahill is reportedly top of Arsenal's defensive wish-list, however O'Shea's versatility, which can see him play across the back-four and in midfield, could make him a prime target.

Sources close to the United player suggest O'Shea will consider a move to Arsenal, should a bid be forthcoming.

The Gunners are looking to breath new life into their squad with Clichy and Samir Nasri, who was a target for United, on the brink of a move to Manchester City, while Cesc Fabregas is close to securing a move to Barcelona.

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