Sunderland Seal Double Swoop and Bump up Squad Numbers

Sunderland announce their second and third signings of the summer transfer window in the shape of Manchester United youngsters Paddy McNair and Donald Love.

by GMac88 Thursday, 11 August 2016 08:08 PM Comments
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Sunderland announce their second and third signings of the summer transfer window in the shape of Manchester United youngsters Paddy McNair and Donald Love. 
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As far as names go these two come with some of the best in the game, whether or not their talent lives up to the same standard remains to be seen. The pair signed for a combined fee reported to be around £5.5 million, with the main bulk of that fee going for the highly rated McNair. They are young players Moyes knows well from his time as Manchester United manager. Both players sign four-year deals at the Stadium of Light.

McNair was highly rated during his time at Manchester United with Louis Van Gaal handing him his debut against against West Ham in 2014, a match which saw United win 2-1. A centre-back by trade, the 21 year-old initially impressed as a right wing back - recieving heavy praise from Van Gaal who suggested he could go on to emulate Gary Neville at United. The Northern Irishman was moved to the centre of defence during the 2015/16 campaign, making eight appearances last term.

Internationally he has been a regular in the Northern Ireland squad since the start of 2015, making ten appearances in the build up to Euro 2016. He was part of his country's squad at the Championships and though the tournament was a success for his country, McNair was dropped from the starting line up after being subbed at half time against Poland - their first match. He played as a holding midfielder, a position former Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill suggested would be his best.

Love is a little less known having made just one Premier League appearance as a substitute against us during our win over United at the Stadium of Light last season. Whether Moyes sees the 21 year-old as the definite answer for Sunderland's right back problems remains to be seen. Using the logic - anyone is better than Billy Jones - at least we have made an improvement in that position. Moyes had this to say about the signings when chatting with SAFC.com;

"Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time."

“Donald comes highly recommended and is another young player who I hope can develop and improve here."

The signings are a welcome distraction from the Lamine Kone carnival and that Yann M'Vila is still nowhere to be seen.

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