Sunday 18 February 2018

Manchester United's Paddy McNair set for Sunderland as Moyes makes £8m move

Manchester United's Paddy McNair
Manchester United's Paddy McNair

Stuart McKinley

Paddy McNair's Manchester United career is all but over. The Northern Ireland international is on the verge of quitting the Red Devils for Sunderland after the Black Cats agreed a fee for the 21-year-old.

Sunderland are believed to have struck a deal that will see them pay United a total of £8m for McNair and 22-year-old full-back Donald Love.

Former United defender Jonny Evans is also a wanted man, with Arsenal ready to step up their interest before the start of the Premier League season this weekend.

Just three weeks ago McNair spelt out his determination to impress new Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, but now he has been told by the Portuguese boss that he is surplus to requirements.

Instead McNair will be hoping to make his Sunderland debut when they face Manchester City in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

Only personal terms for McNair (left) and Love need to be ironed out.

McNair never played under David Moyes while the new Sunderland boss was United chief.

Moyes was aware of the Ballyclare lad's ability though and once Mourinho indicated that he would be willing to sell rather than insisting on a loan deal the Black Cats made their move.

Arsenal's move for Evans won't be so straightforward.

West Brom are reluctant to let Evans go just 12 months after signing him from United and will demand at least £15m before they will even consider selling.

The Baggies could hold out for as much as £20m, knowing that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is facing a defensive crisis just days ahead of the opening Premier League game of the season against Liverpool.

Any deal would represent a huge profit for West Brom, with the deal that took Evans (above) from Manchester United to The Hawthorns this time last year believed to be worth a mere £6m.

Belfast Telegraph

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