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Latest twist in Sunderland transfer saga that may interest Derby and Boro fans

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Sunderland have admitted defeat in their bid to keep Paddy McNair at the club, however he may not be making a move to Premier League Brighton.

The Northern Ireland international has suffered with injuries over the years but managed to get a run of games towards the end of last season and delivered several superb performances.

In a midfield role, McNair ended the season scoring four goals in his final five games as the Black Cats were relegated.

That prompted interest from top-flight Brighton and Chris Hughton’s side have had two bids rejected for the player. However, they don’t appear to be lining up a third according to BBC reporter Simon Stone who says they have ‘gone quiet’.

However, he adds that Sunderland are aware they have little chance of keeping McNair and revealed that Championship sides are now showing an interest, with Derby and Middlesbrough linked with the player in the past.

There could also be interest from Premier League Wolves, as the Wearside club look to get £7m for their star man.

The Verdict

There’s not much you can do as a League One club when Premier League sides show an interest in your player and for Sunderland it’s now about getting the best fee.

His injury record in concerning but McNair is a fine player when available and the Black Cats are right to ask for big money.

Where he ends up remains to be seen but Championship clubs will be more confident of landing him now Brighton’s interest is cooling.

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