Black Cats close on United striker

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hopes to complete the signing of Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on a season-long loan later on Thursday.

The 19-year-old has been linked with the Black Cats for much of the summer and, following the sale of Kenwyne Jones to Stoke on Wednesday, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has allowed Welbeck to travel to the Stadium of Light.

"We're very close to bringing in young Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. He's a young man but he'll fit into our squad fantastically well," said Bruce.

"We've got him here. It looks like the formalities are done as long as he comes through the medical and we hope to announce him later on Thursday."

Bruce, though, remains on the lookout for another striker after recouping £8million from the sale of Trinidad & Tobago international Jones.

"It would be unfair to say that he (Welbeck) is the replacement for Kenwyne," added Bruce. "There's still a couple of weeks to go in the market and hopefully the money is there to go and spend it."

And the Sunderland boss revealed he would be interested in Wales forward Craig Bellamy, who appears to be surplus to requirements at Manchester City, although he could be out of the Black Cats' price range.

Bruce said: "There's a lot of clubs who would love Craig Bellamy. He's a fantastic player but whether it's possible, I'm not quite sure.

"I've been a big admirer of Craig's for a long, long time. If he's available, which it looks like he is, and if we could afford him, then I would love to bring Craig to the football club."

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