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Done Deal: Sunderland beaten to signing of key target by promotion rivals

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Peterborough United have won the race for Sunderland target Jason Naismith.

On the club’s official website, Peterborough confirmed the signing of Naismith for an undisclosed fee and the defender signs a three-year deal with the League One promotion hopefuls.

The 23-year-old was a major target for Sunderland but Peterborough have stolen a march on their rivals by agreeing a fee with Ross County and getting him in.

Naismith was previously at St Mirren, where he worked for a short while with new Sunderland boss Jack Ross, but Peterborough have won the race for his signature.

The right-back stood out in the Scottish Premiership last season, ranking as the defender who is beaten least by opposition wingers during his 57 games.

The former Scotland under-21 international also gets forward, adding two goals and three assists for Ross last term.

Naismith becomes Peterborough’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window as they hope a major reshuffle will aid the club’s promotion hopes.

But Sunderland will need to look elsewhere if they want to strengthen their full-back options after missing out on this signing.

The Verdict

With a lot of clubs in for Naismith, this is a great piece of business by Posh.

The defender is young, proven in the Scottish top flight and has the ability to do both the defensive and attacking work for his team.

Sunderland have missed out on a potentially top addition at League One level, and he has the potential to move up the leagues in England too.

Sunderland fans – are you disappointed to miss out? Let us know below…

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