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Paddy McNair set for Sunderland as Moyes makes £8m move

By 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.

Meanwhile Northern Ireland striker Jamie Ward struck a dramatic injury-time winner as Nottingham Forest beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in the EFL Cup.

Will Grigg was on the mark for Wigan Athletic, but he couldn’t prevent them losing 2-1 to Stephen Robinson’s Oldham Athletic.

Peterborough United won for the second time in as many games under Grant McCann when they beat AFC Wimbledon 3-2.

Oliver Norwood made his first appearance for Brighton and Hove Albion as they won 4-0 at home to Colchester.

  • Northern Ireland’s under-19 women beat Cyprus 4-0 in a friendly.

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