Moyes raids for­mer club in £5.5m deal

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DAVID Moyes has con­tin­ued his Sun­der­land rev­o­lu­tion with the sign­ings of Paddy McNair and Don­ald Love from for­mer club Manch­ester United.

Sun­der­land have paid a to­tal fee of £5.5 mil­lion for the pair with both de­fend­ers sign­ing four-year deals with the Black Cats.

Moyes, who suc­ceeded new Eng­land man­ager Sam Al­lardyce at the Sta­dium of Light this sum­mer, had al­ready added Chelsea’s Papy Djilo­bodji to his Sun­der­land squad with McNair and Love be­com­ing his sec­ond and third sign­ings.

The two 21-year-old de­fend­ers were both on the fringes of the United squad and new Old Traf­ford boss Jose Mour­inho saw no place for them in his plans this sea­son. It means they re­unite with Moyes at Sun­der­land just days be­fore the start of the new Premier League cam­paign.

“Paddy is a young, ath­letic player who is im­prov­ing all the time,” Moyes said.

“He has ex­pe­ri­ence for North­ern Ire­land and we want to bring as many in­ter­na­tional play­ers to the club as we can.”

Moyes gave McNair his chance to im­press when he was United man­ager and although the de­fender trav­elled to Euro 2016 with his coun­try this sum­mer, he has stalled since his Old Traf­ford break­through.

Both he and Love will of­fer Moyes ver­sa­til­ity in that they can play in mid­field and de­fence. Af­ter an­nounc­ing the dou­ble swoop, Moyes be­lieves the pair will be huge as­sets to Sun­der­land for years to come.

On the deal for Love, who made his se­nior de­but for United last sea­son and played in both the Premier League and Europa League, Moyes said: “Don­ald comes highly rec­om­mended and is an­other young player who I hope can de­velop and im­prove here.

“I want to add some young play­ers to the squad as well as some se­nior play­ers and both of them have got re­ally good po­ten­tial and the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove.

“I want to bring in play­ers who are here for the long-term as well as the short and hope­fully these two are here for the long-term.”

The ar­rival of McNair and Love fol­lows the £8m deal for Sene­gal de­fender Djilo­bodji and will fur­ther fuel spec­u­la­tion that Lamine Kone could be on his way out of the club.

The 27-year-old trained on Wed­nes­day de­spite Ever­ton re­main­ing keen on the £18m-rated cen­tre-back. Kone has grown frus­trated that the im­proved con­tract he be­lieved he would be of­fered is yet to ap­pear.

Sun­der­land fans are des­per­ate for the for­mer Lorient player to stay, but with Chelsea among a series of clubs also mon­i­tor­ing his sit­u­a­tion, their hopes could yet be dashed.

Mean­while, the Black Cats are also hope­ful of land­ing United mid­fielder Ad­nan Januzaj on a sea­son-long loan deal with their ef­forts to strengthen the squad Moyes in­her­ited from Al­lardyce fi­nally start­ing to bear fruit.

Moyes and Sun­der­land face a tough start to their Premier League cam­paign when they visit Pep Guardi­ola’s Manch­ester City to­mor­row. — mailon­line.. VA­LEN­CIA and Ger­many de­fender Shko­dran Mustafi and Premier League side Arse­nal have agreed trans­fer terms, his agent is re­ported to have said yes­ter­day.

“Skho­dran and Arse­nal are in agree­ment. Now the clubs just have to agree a trans­fer fee,” Mustafi’s agent Ali Bu­lut told Ger­man web­site with the Gun­ners in dis­cus­sions with his cur­rent club.

The 24-year-old, who was part of Ger­many’s Euro 2016 squad and scored their first goal of the tour­na­ment, can play right-back or cen­tre­back.

Gun­ners de­fender Per Merte­sacker is out for the near fu­ture with a knee in­jury.

Mustafi, a prod­uct of Ham­burg’s youth academy, joined Va­len­cia in 2014.

He al­ready has ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in Eng­land af­ter join­ing Ever­ton in 2009, as a teenager, for two years be­fore switch­ing to Ital­ian side Sam­p­do­ria in 2012.

The son of Al­ba­nian im­mi­grants, Mustafi was part of the Ger­many squad which won the 2014 World Cup and has made 12 ap­pear­ances for die Mannschaft, net­ting just the one goal. — AFP.

and as we ap­proach our 80th an­niver­sary, we felt that it was im­por­tant to hon­our cer­tain el­e­ments of that his­tory in the ex­e­cu­tions of our new jer­seys. We are proud of our new jer­seys and look for­ward to see­ing them both on the field and in the stands,” Moeketsi said. Both the home and away jer­seys will be avail­able on the 19 Au­gust 2016 at Adi­das Per­for­mance stores as well as key sports and foot­ball re­tail­ers coun­try­wide.

The Or­lando Pi­rates home jersey will be donned for the first time on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 24, 2016, when the Buc­ca­neers kick off their Premier Soc­cer League cam­paign against Golden Ar­rows at Or­lando Sta­dium. — Sport24.

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