Ninth new Black Cat targets sixth

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Sunderland's newest recruit David Vaughan believes the club should target a top six finish following a huge influx of players at the Stadium of Light.

Forwards Connor Wickham and Ji Sung-won, midfielders Ahmed Elmohamady, Sebastian Larsson and Craig Gardner, defenders Wes Brown and John O'Shea and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood have all join the Black Cats this summer.

And after only Jordan Henderson and Bolo Zenden departed the club, Vaughan says the club should be targeting the top six.

"Hopefully, they can move on and build on what they have done in the last few years," he said.


"The signings that we have made over the last few weeks have been impressive, so hopefully we can kick on and at least be in the top 10, if not the top six, teams in the country."

Following relegation from the Barclays Premier League, Vaughan's signature has been much sought after, with West Bromwich Albion reportedly interested in the midfielder.

But after choosing Steve Bruce's Sunderland, Vaughan is confident his good form for The Tangerines can continue in the north-east.

"I had a good season last year with Blackpool and there's no reason why I can't do that here," he said.

"Obviously, there is a bit more expectation on Sunderland and the players, but hopefully I can prove to the fans that I'm good enough to play for the club.

"I could have possibly gone to a different club with less expectation, but I wanted to try to push myself and prove that I am good enough to be here.

"It took me a long time to get to the Premier League and I didn't want to drop out after one season, so it was one of the main factors of coming to Sunderland, and the size of the club was also a big factor."

David Vaughan
Premier League

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