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NI star Paddy McNair joins Middlesborough on four-year deal

By Joshua Bunting

Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international Paddy McNair from Sunderland for £5million.

The former Manchester United man has penned a four-year contract at the Riverside Stadium after agreeing personal terms and completing a medical at the club this week.

The midfielder, who has 20 international caps to his name, becomes Boro’s first signing of the summer.

Brighton were initially in the running to sign the 23-year-old but they had two bids rejected, the second of which was believed to be for £3.5m, and ended their interest.

McNair made 18 appearances and scored five goals for Sunderland last season but he could not help them avoid relegation to Sky Bet League One.

He first broke onto the scene with Manchester United in 2014, making 24 Premier League appearances before joining Sunderland in 2016.

McNair went on to make his international debut in 2015 and was part of Michael O'Neill's squad that reached the last-16 at Euro 2016.

It was believed that Middlesbrough were considering pulling out of the deal as Sunderland were still offering him to other clubs, with Stoke City interested.

However, talks rekindled over the weekend between the two north east clubs and the deal is now complete.

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