Hodgson hopes not to rue Vaughan miss

David Vaughan celebrates scoring against Everton at Bloomfield Road.

David Vaughan celebrates scoring against Everton at Bloomfield Road.

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WEST Brom manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he remains a big David Vaughan fan – and hopes he doesn’t live to regret not signing him.

Vaughan was available on a free transfer but West Brom pulled out of the race for the 28-year-old’s signature, allowing Sunderland to step in.

Vaughan has signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light and Hodgson said: “David was a player we liked. When players of his quality come along you have to take an interest.

“But it was difficult for us, given the squad we have at the moment and the numbers we have, to give him the guarantees he deserves.

“He wants to stay in the Premier League and be one of the first names on the teamsheet. That would have been difficult for us but I think Sunderland have signed an excellent player. I just hope we don’t come to regret it.”