The Sun reports that Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair is nearing a £7million move into the Premier League with Brighton & Hove Albion. The Northern Ireland international has been the subject of big interest from the Seagulls after Sunderland were relegated into Sky Bet League One.
New Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald did recently state that McNair was not for sale, and only would be if he put in a written transfer request to the football club. The former Manchester United youngster however would surely find it mightily tough to reject the chance to move into the top flight with Chris Hughton’s side.
Brighton have seemingly increased their original offers in a big way. Two have been produced prior to the £7million deal, with the second being priced at £4million. Hughton therefore has twisted the arm of the hierarchy at the Amex, as he looks to ensure Brighton remain in the Premier League for a second consecutive campaign.
The deal will see Sunderland receive £5million up front, with the extra £2million based upon McNair’s appearances and if any major honours are won during his time with the club.
Whilst it is a clear blow to new Sunderland boss Jack Ross to lose arguably his best and more influential player, those funds should go back into boosting his squad in other areas. New faces are needed to give them a shot at winning the title, of which they are the current bookies favourite to do so. McNair was a rare shining light last season, as the Black Cats finished bottom of the table.