Sunderland Secure 10th Summer Signing

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Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has made Derry City winger James McLean his 10th summer signing for a fee of £350,000.

The Northern Ireland U21 international was called into the senior squad by Nigel Worthington but pulled out to announce he wants to represent the Republic of Ireland instead.

The 22-year-old played in the Airtricity League XI in the recent Dublin Super Cup alongside Celtic, Inter Milan and Manchester City.

Bruce has been busy spending the money he received from the £16million sale of Jordan Henderson to Liverpool and adds McClean’s name to a long list of summer transfers.

Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O’Shea were bought for £5.2million, Connor Wickham was acquired for £8million and a further £6million spent on Craig Gardner.

South Korean forward Dong-Won Ji and Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady were also bought for a combined £4.2million.

David Vaughan, Keiren Westwood and Sebastian Larsson were all signed as free agents after their contracts expired.

McClean has been signed on a three-year deal and Bruce told Sunderland’s official website he is happy with his latest acquisition.

“I’m delighted with what we’ve been able to do over the summer,” he said.

“We’ve the makings of a very good squad and James will now have every chance to come here and make that next step in his career.

“James is an outstanding young talent and has rightly attracted interest from a number of clubs over the summer so we’re pleased he sees his future at Sunderland.”

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