Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Sunderland complete double signing of Aiden McGeady and James Vaughan

Sunderland complete double signing of Aiden McGeady and James Vaughan

McGeady is a player Sunderland have attempted to sign in the past.

Sunderland have signed Bury striker James Vaughan and Everton winger Aiden McGeady on two-year and three-year deals respectively.

McGeady worked with new boss Simon Grayson during his loan spell at Deepdale, and the manager told his club's official website: "Aiden's career speaks volumes".

"James has good experience and he scored a lot of goals a year ago", Grayson added.

"With Simon Grayson coming to Sunderland, and having him a year ago at Preston, he probably got the best out of me last season".

Ultimately, Sunderland firstly went with Derek McInnes, only for the Aberdeen manager to turn the post down, before making a move for Grayson, which was widely seen as a sensible appointment from most footballing neutrals.

The fees paid for both players are undisclosed, although the sum for Vaughan's transfer was a reported £900,000. He arrives with a pedigree to his name after becoming the Premier League's youngest ever goalscorer with Everton aged just 16 in April 2005. "He's a player who will come into the squad and give us something different because I think we're missing a striker with a physical presence".

He continued: "He's mobile, he knows where the goal is and he fits in with the ethos that we're trying to bring to Sunderland, so I'm sure he'll be delighted to sign and get going".

James Vaughn also had a stellar season in League One in the previous campaign, scoring 24 goals from 37 games and will be bolstering the strike force of the Black Cats following the departures of Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini.

The striker has become a bit of a journeyman since a promising start to his career, with his list of clubs including Derby County, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City and most recently Bury before his Wearside move.

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