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Out-of-favour David Healy wants move from Sunderland

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NI striker David Healy says he wants to leave Sunderland and start enjoying football again

Out-of-favour Sunderland striker David Healy is pleading with clubs to consider snapping him up before the end of the current transfer window.

The Northern Ireland striker has failed to win a regular starting place for the Black Cats since moving to the club in August 2008.

"I know my future is not going to be at Sunderland," Healy told BBC Sport.

"I'm more than willing to go back to the Championship and get back to enjoying my football again."

Healy added:"It's been a disappointing time and people have said that it's time to move on but when you have a contract and a family where you live, sometimes it's difficult."

Healy has been linked with a number of clubs but the 30-year-old downplayed those press reports as "speculation".

"I haven't got my eye on anywhere. I have been linked to a number of Championship clubs but I can't name anybody.

"But it's two weeks until the end of the transfer window and I know that things aren't going to progress for me at Sunderland."

Healy acknowledged that a return to League One leaders Leeds would interest him.

"If there was a club I was ever going to go back to play for, it would be Leeds. I have huge affection for the club."

In November, Healy failed to win a starting place for Northern Ireland's friendly against Serbia.

It was the first time Healy had been dropped for a home game at Windsor Park since his international career started in February 2000.



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