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Paddy McNair set for Middlesbrough medical to seal move from Sunderland

By Graham Luney

The Paddy McNair tansfer saga appears to be coming to an end with the Northern Ireland international set to undergo a medical with Middlesbrough today.

The Sunderland midfielder has agreed personal terms with the Championship side and the £5m deal is set to be completed.

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

Stoke City also matched Boro's £5million bid but the Ballclare man favoured a switch to Tony Pulis' side.

Boro pulled out of the deal at the end of last week after growing frustrated at the fact the player was still seemingly being offered to other clubs despite the fact a fee had been agreed with the Black Cats.

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald took to the social media to insist it was the player's representatives who were exploring potential moves.

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 broke into Manchester United's first team in 2014, making 24 Premier League appearances. 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 will be the first key exit from the Sunderland this summer, with new manager Jack Ross looking to rebuild the Black Cats' squad.

John O'Shea, Jason Steele, Billy Jones and Marc Wilson have all left the Stadium of Light, but only Steele was still under contract and his move to Brighton was a free transfer.

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