Middlesbrough are on the verge of completing a deal for Paddy McNair, after the Sunderland midfielder successfully underwent a medical yesterday.
According to a report in the Northern Echo, McNair was at Middlesbrough’s Rockliffe Park training facility yesterday, undergoing a medical after agreeing personal terms with Tony Pulis’ side.
Sunderland and Boro have agreed a £5m fee for the 23-year-old’s service, resurrecting a deal over the weekend after talks broke down late last week.
Pulis’ side have beaten Brighton and Hove Albion to McNair’s signature, luring the Northern Irish international away from the Stadium of Light following a two-year stay.
McNair signed for Sunderland from Manchester United in the summer of 2016, but has endured a testing time so far in the North East, with the Black Cats suffering back-to-back relegations.
The 23-year-old midfielder has made 28 appearances for Sunderland, returning seven goals.
16 of those appearances came last season in the Sky Bet Championship, as Sunderland suffered relegation to the third-tier of English football.
Towards the end of the season, McNair’s form was a shining light for Sunderland, with the midfielder in excellent goalscoring form, finding the back of the net in four of his last five appearances.
Boro have moved reasonably quickly to get McNair on board, with the midfielder set to take part in a full pre-season when his transfer is eventually announced.
The 23-year-old has struggled at Sunderland, but this move, when it is finalised, will offer him a fresh start in the Championship.
If the midfielder can carry over the form he showed late last season, he will be an extremely shrewd addition to Pulis’ squad at £5m.
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