Sunderland set to sign David Miliband

Posted by - January 12, 2011 - Sunderland

Defeated Labour leadership contender in line for Prem move

Sunderland fans hoping for a big-name signing in the January transfer window may be granted their wish – but probably not in the way they expected.

For months now the rumour mill has been in full swing over who David Miliband would sign for next. The answer, it seems, is Sunderland.

The former Queens Park Labour player was out of contract in October but is expected to sign for the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee on a £950-a-week deal.

David’s consistent performances for the Westminster club gave him the opportunity to captain the side. Although a firm favourite with the club’s hierachy, it was a fan poll that saw younger brother Ed chosen to lead the squad ahead of him throwing David’s future into disarray. Although disappointed by the outcome, David always said he would support his brother, but never gave his word on a new contract.

A spokesman for Miliband said: “Discussions have taken place between David Miliband and Sunderland AFC about a non-executive role with the club focusing on his international and community work.”

The 45-year-old is an Arsenal fan, but his constituency is just eight miles north of the Stadium of Light. He was reportedly approached by Niall Quinn over a possible role at the club.