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Sunderland open to offers for Kenwyne Jones
Published : 24 Dec 2009 10:33:32
Jones was dropped to the bench for last weekend's match at Manchester City. He did come on to score in the 4-3 defeat but, according to a report in the Express, Bruce is ready to sell. Tottenham offered £15m for Jones last summer but Bruce turned them down flat. A similar offer in January, however, should be sufficient to make the deal work. Related ArticlesSunderland v Everton: match previewSteve Bruce facing FA rap for referee rantMichael Turner banned for ChristmasPremier League tablePremier League fixturesSport on televisionDespite early promise Jones has only scored 23 times in 77 Premier League matches since joining Sunderland for £6m from Southampton two-and-a-half years ago. Meanwhile, Bruce has urged England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce to hand Jordan Henderson his first cap. 'It is not my squad to pick but it is only a matter of time for the boy if he keeps his feet on the ground,' said Bruce of the local youth team product. 'We have got a very, very good player on our hands and he is only going to get better.' Henderson only made his debut for Sunderland a year ago though has established himself as a first team regular this term. The 19-year-old scored his first Premier League goal against Manchester City and Bruce views the youngster's form as a bright aspect of an otherwise difficult run for his side who have won only once in their last nine matches. 'Jordan has had a fantastic start to his career and since day one, since I walked through the door, he has been nothing short of fantastic,' said Bruce. 'I keep saying there is a lot still to learn which is normal when you are 19, but the kid was fantastic again at the weekend. He made a goal, scored a goal and was close to scoring against Portsmouth and Villa, so he has had a great start to his young career. 'He still has to keep his feet on the ground, work hard, but he seems level-headed enough to do that.'