Midfielder in today’s summer spotlight.
Welshman David Vaughan will join Nottingham Forest on a permanent basis this summer having spent the bulk of the 2013-14 season on loan at the City Ground.
The ball-playing midfielder linked up with Forest back in October, renewing his stay in January. He played a total of 10 games and the Midlands side recently confirmed he will join on a permanent basis when his Sunderland contract expires.
Vaughan came through the famous Crewe Alexandra youth system and made more than 200 appearances for the Railwaymen after making his senior debut in a 0-0 draw with Blackburn in August 2000.
He spent six months in Spain with Real Sociedad in 2008 before returning to the UK with Blackpool for a fee of £200,000.
Vaughan was a vital part of the Pool side which won promotion to the Barclays Premier League, and won the Tangerines’ Player of the Year award for 2010-11 playing alongside Charlie Adam.
Having impressed against Sunderland, he joined the Black Cats on a free transfer in summer 2011 and made a total of 59 appearances in just over two years on Wearside.
The first of his three goals for the club is particularly fondly remembered by Sunderland fans – a screamer in a 2-1 win over Blackburn in Martin O’Neill’s first game in charge.
He found the net in similarly spectacular fashion against Wigan the following month as well as notching a superb goal in the 3-0 derby win at St James’ Park in April 2013.
On the international front, Vaughan has been capped 37 times by Wales, scoring once.