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Sunderland signs Man United duo

Sunderland has confirmed the signings of defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love from Manchester United for a combined fee of £5.5 million.

The two 21-years-old have signed four-year deals with the Black Cats. McNair made 27 appearances for United during his two seasons with the first team. Love made his debut last season, featuring in two Premier League games. Former Manchester United manager David Moyes recently took over at Sunderland for Sam Allardyce, and he was pleased to have signed the two youngsters.

“Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time,” Moyes told the club’s official website. “He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can.

“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.”

Both players are versatile and can play in both defense and midfield. McNair has been capped 11 times by the Northern Irish national team and featured for his nation in Euro 2016. Love has made five appearances for Scotland U21.

Sunderland opens up the Premier League season on Saturday on the road against Manchester City.

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