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Sunderland sign McNair, Love from Manchester United

Manchester United Training Session & Press Conference

HERNING, DENMARK - FEBRUARY 17: Paddy McNair (c) and Donal Love of Manchester United make their way out onto the pitch during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between FC Midtjylland and Manchester United at Herning MCH Multi Arena on February 17, 2016 in Herning, Denmark. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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David Moyes has raided his former club Manchester United for two young defenders, paying a fee of $8 million.

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Paddy McNair and Donald Love have both signed four-year contracts at Sunderland and Moyes’ first three signings as Black Cats boss since he took over in late July have all been defenders.

McNair, 21, had broken into United’s first team under Louis van Gaal in 2014-15 but found minutes hard to come by last season and the Northern Ireland international was allowed to leave by Jose Mourinho. As for Love, he also broke through under LVG and at 21 years old the Scottish right back is ready to stake his claim as a regular in the PL.

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Knowing the young defenders well, Moyes was delighted to get them to the Stadium of Light.

“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,” Moyes said. “Donald comes highly recommended and is another young player who I hope can develop and improve here. I want to add some young players to the squad as well as some senior players and both of them have got really good potential and the opportunity to improve.”

These defensive acquisitions come after Sunderland bought center back Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea for $11 million and amid strong speculation that star center back Lamine Kone will move to Everton in a $22 million deal.

Kone was a beast for Sunderland last season after arriving in January and scored two vital goals as former manager Sam Allardyce led them to safety. However, with Wes Brown and Sergio Vergini leaving Sunderland this summer, the Black Cats needed reinforcements and Moyes has moved to bring in two promising defenders.

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