SUNDERLAND have offloaded unwanted defender George McCartney, with the Northern Irishman agreeing a permanent deal with West Ham.
McCartney was always likely to join the Premier League new boys this summer after helping the Hammers earn promotion last season during a successful loan spell.
The 31-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with Sam Allardyce’s side, bringing an end to a miserable second spell with Sunderland.
McCartney made 157 appearances for the Black Cats after coming through the youth system, before first moving to Upton Park in 2006.
Roy Keane brought the left-back back to the Stadium of Light for £4.5million in the summer of 2008, but he went on to start just 36 times in the top flight.
McCartney spent time on loan at Leeds United in 2010-11, before joining the Hammers on a temporary basis last year.
“I am delighted to be coming back to West Ham and this time on a permanent basis,” he said.
“It was great to be part of the side that won promotion for the club last season.
“It was a fantastic way to end the campaign last year and I am really looking forward to being back in the Premier League with West Ham.”