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Thursday 20 July 2017

Bruce hails 'outstanding' McClean

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

SUNDERLAND last night completed the signing of Derry City's James McClean for an initial fee of £350,000.

The winger, who pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad this week in the hope of a Republic of Ireland call-up, has signed on a three-year deal to become the club's 10th summer recruit.

The Derry native's powerful displays and eye for goal had also alerted the attentions of Reading and Wigan. But he has opted for Wearside, where manager Steve Bruce has earmarked him as a long-term acquisition, comparing him to David Meyler, who joined from Cork City in 2008.

"We're putting something there for the future," he said. "We can't expect James to walk into the Premier League and be an instant success. He might do, but in my mind he's going to be another David Meyler.

"We'll let him settle in and if he does as well as David did when he came into the team, then great.

"James has a great left foot, he's aggressive, hungry and desperate to do well. He's had lots of assists, chipped in with a few goals and done very, very well in the Irish league.

"He is an outstanding young talent, so we're very pleased that he sees his future at Sunderland."

Meanwhile, Keith Andrews appears close to signing for Ipswich on a six-month loan deal from Blackburn.

The Ireland midfielder, who is out of tonight's clash with Croatia with a groin injury, was told he was no longer part of Steve Kean's plans at Blackburn and had attracted interest from Leeds and Nottingham Forest.

Irish Independent

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