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Money talks as Sunderland sell Waghorn to Leicester

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has admitted that Leicester's 'staggering' offer for Martyn Waghorn convinced him to sell his young starlet. Bruce had repeatedly stated the 20-year-old striker, who impressed during a season-long loan spell at the Walkers Stadium last season, was not for sale.

However, he says Leicester's offer of £2million, rising to £3million depending on clauses, persuaded him to sell Waghorn and use the money to bring in Asamoah Gyan from Rennes for a club record fee of £13million.

"You never want to lose one of your young players," Bruce told the Leicester Mercury. "I think he's got a big future in the game but he's not quite ready for the Premier League at the moment.

"In a year's time, maybe two, he could be, so I wish him well. He's a great kid, but they offered a staggering amount of money so we managed to put that in the kitty."

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