We’re bringing the Tyne and Wear together through the power of transfers.
Northeast England’s two biggest clubs each have brought in new talent this summer, and both added players on Tuesday.
Sunderland picked up French star Yann M’Vila on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan, instantly boosting their roster with a 22-times capped midfielder with experience in Ligue 1, Serie A and the UEFA Europa League.
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A possession midfielder, M’Vila can give the Black Cats something they’ve long lacked: the ability to facilitate the play of forwards.
With Jeremain Lens and Jermain Defoe joining Adam Johnson as part of Sunderland’s attack, M’Vila can be a smooth operator in ways that allow Lee Cattermole to, well, focus on making sure his crunching tackles don’t lead to red cards. We kid, Lee.
Speaking about the player, Sunderland AFC’s sporting director Lee Congerton said: “Yann is a player who is highly regarded by a number of the elite clubs across Europe, playing for his national team of France from a young age.
“The Premier League presents a fresh challenge for him, its one I know he is relishing and we are delighted to welcome him to the club.”
M’Vila added: “I’m very happy to be a Sunderland player. I had a very good feeling training with the team; every player welcomed me and the feeling was very good with them so I’m excited for the start of the season.
That may not be all for Dick Advocaat’s club.
The Daily Star claims that Sunderland leads the pack to take Adnan Januzaj on loan from Manchester United should the Red Devils succeed in adding Pedro from Barcelona.
Januzaj would join Lens as a player to provide both width and creativity to the top of an attack, and might allow Advocaat some formation freedom with Johnson.
For Newcastle, it’s Northampton striker Ivan Toney. The 19-year-old is the youngest player to have suited up for the League Two side, making his Cobblers’ debut in the 2012 at the tender age of 16.
Toney went on to score 13 goals in 60 appearances for Northampton, including a career-best 10 in 44 last year.
“Being a young lad who is scoring goals in the Football League was a great thing. Now I want to progress here and eventually do it in the Premier League.”
Peter Beardsley, football development manager at Newcastle United, added: “We have been very impressed with Ivan already.
“He is a very good player, with great enthusiasm and a first-class attitude, and has all the attributes to have a bright future at the Club.”