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Sunderland boss Sbragia reveals January offer for Leadbitter

Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia has revealed he rejected a January bid for young midfielder Grant Leadbitter.

Sbragia told the Sunderland Echo: "He has always been a good player. We had an offer in the window for him from a Premier League club and we refused it.

"The money was not what we wanted, even if we thought about selling, which we didn't.

"Sometimes players are maybe at a club too long. Grant's been here since he was nine. It's a long time and he might want a change - but I still want him to stay.

"He is a Sunderland diehard and I know what we get from him. He is good on the ball, always works hard, good ability. He is a good Premier League player and, from now on, I think he will kick on."

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