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Black Cats snub second Brighton bid for Paddy McNair


By Graham Luney

Sunderland face a tough fight to hold onto midfielder Paddy McNair after it emerged last night that a second bid from Brighton for the Northern Ireland international had been turned down.

A fresh offer of around £3.5million was knocked back by the Black Cats.

It's also believed that Sunderland have dismissed a bid of £3.75m for the player from an unnamed London club.

Brighton's initial bid of £2million came to nothing.

The 23-year-old made 18 appearances, scoring five goals, as Sunderland were relegated from the Championship last season.

McNair moved to the Stadium of Light in 2016 after coming through the youth system at Manchester United.

The Northern Ireland international broke into Manchester United's first team in 2014, making 24 Premier League appearances.

He's currently on Northern Ireland's tour of Central America where he produced a man-of-the-match performance in the scoreless draw with Panama.

Michael O'Neill's men take on Costa Rica in San Jose tomorrow night.

McNair made his international debut in 2015 and was part of Michael O'Neill's squad that reached the round of 16 at Euro 2016.

O'Neill stated: "Paddy McNair is a Premier League player.

"The reason he isn't is because of his knee injury.

"He joined Sunderland when they were in the Premier League.

"He then had a bad injury and Sunderland were relegated. But you've seen the quality in the last six games of the season.

"He scored four or five goals."

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