Belfast Telegraph

Paddy McNair fits into Black Cats' long-term strategy: David Moyes

By Damian Spellman

Paddy McNair has joined Sunderland in a £5.5m double swoop with Donald Love.

The 21-year-olds have both put pen to paper on four-year deals after completing switches from Manchester United as ex-Old Trafford boss David Moyes took his number of summer signings to three.

"Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time. He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can.

"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."

Central defender McNair heads for Wearside having played his part in Northern Ireland's successful Euro 2016 finals campaign after breaking into the first team at United, while Scotland Under-21 international full-back Love, who can also play in midfield, tasted both Premier League and Europa League action last season.

They follow £8million Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji to the Stadium of Light and their arrival will further fuel speculation that Lamine Kone could be on his way out of the club.

The 27-year-old trained on Wednesday despite Everton remaining keen on the £18million-rated centre-back.

Meanwhile, the Black Cats are also hopeful of landing United midfielder Adnan Januzaj on a season-long loan deal, however the Old Trafford side look set to miss out on Jose Fonte, with Southampton's new head coach Claude Puel confident the defender Jose Fonte will still be at the club at the end of the summer

"I do not think there is a possibility for Jose to leave us," he said. "Many clubs can be interested in players. That is normal."

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