Savage was openly courted by Black Cats boss Roy Keane but the Welshman insists he decided to sign for the rock-bottom Rams because Paul Jewell was more eager to secure his services. He said: "The chairman and manager wanted me more than any other club and that means a lot to me.
"It´s well known Sunderland put in a bid for me but I never really felt they were too keen. If I was them, I would have gone the whole hog to get me because I´m the type of player who can keep a team in the Premier League."
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