Vaughan link played down

David Vaughan in action for Sunderland against Blackburn.
David Vaughan in action for Sunderland against Blackburn.
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Ian Holloway has described the idea of David Vaughan returning to Bloomfield Road as wishful thinking.

There has been much speculation that the 28-year-old, who joined Sunderland in the summer, may be loaned out next month.

That always seemed unlikely, and is even more so after Vaughan (right) netted a 25-yard thunderbolt to help Martin O’Neill get his Sunderland reign off to a winning start on Sunday.

Asked about the possibility of a reunion with his former midfielder, Holloway said: “If they’re not happy with him, I’d like them to ring me up and I’ll drive up there to get him. But somehow I doubt they will – I think this is just a rumour and wishful thinking on our fans’ part.

“I’d have him like a shot, but can I see it happening? Unfortunately not.”

Last season’s Pool player of the year has started only six games for the Black Cuts, but after his wonder-strike against Blackburn the Welshman looks set for a run in the team. “It was a really sensational strike,” said O’Neill.