Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday July 22 2010
Wigan Athletic have sold Titus Bramble to Premier League rivals Sunderland for a reputed £750,000 and Steve Bruce just can`t believe his luck to have captured a seasoned top flight defender for what in all honesty is a giveaway fee.
Bramble has been excellent at the Latics since joining on a free transfer in May 2007 from Newcastle and this is a complete shock to the supporters who thought the big defender was one of their own
Bruce though is gloating with his capture and spoke to the press about it, Bruce said: 'He's a very, very good player and a good boy and he's going to be a huge asset to us.
'He was a young boy when he went there (Newcastle), he was 20 years old playing for a side which qualified for the Champions League twice.
'He made some mistakes, but people forget he was part of an excellent Newcastle side which always played in Europe.
'I remember having a conversation with the late Sir Bobby Robson about him and he said I should have no hesitation going for him.
'As it happened, I ended up working with him at Wigan in the end and Bobby was right. This really is a great deal; it's fantastic if I'm honest.'
'He was absolutely outstanding for me for two years at Wigan and it is a fantastic deal for this football club'
'He was player of the year in my last year there and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.
'He is a big powerful defender who has played in the Premier League all his life. From about 18 or 19, he has been playing in the top flight.
'He has done extremely well over the last couple of years and I think he is going to be a big success at Sunderland. He was certainly the right player at the right price for me.
'It's a cracking deal and I'm delighted he is going to be a part of what we are trying to achieve at this football club. He enjoyed playing for me at Wigan and if he can reproduce that form we've got some player.'
What the fans are saying on the message board:
|' So annoying to hear Mrs Doubtfire gloating over this, for a guy in his prime and after signing a new contract (or so I thought) the price tag is an absolute joke. Even if he didnt fit in with Bob's plans of a ball playing centre half we should have held out for more than this'|
Date:Thursday July 22 2010
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