Sunderland’s George McCartney returns to West Ham

George McCartney is heading back to West Ham on a season's loan.
George McCartney is heading back to West Ham on a season's loan.
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SUNDERLAND will look to generate some interest in Nyron Nosworthy and Matt Kilgallon after successfully offloading fellow unwanted defender George McCartney.

Steve Bruce’s chances of making further acquisitions in the transfer market were handed a major boost yesterday after McCartney (right) returned to former club West Ham United on a season-long loan.

West Ham are thought to be paying the left-back’s wages in full – removing a major burden on Sunderland’s balance sheet, temporarily at least, with McCartney under contract for another two years at the Stadium of Light.

The departure of McCartney and Steed Malbranque from Sunderland’s wage bill frees up significant funds after Bruce was told by the club’s hierarchy that players needed to leave before he could add to his squad.

Bruce’s chances of now adding a left-sided midfielder before the transfer deadline are significantly boosted, with Craig Bellamy and Nico Kranjcar both on the Sunderland manager’s hitlist.

The funds at Bruce’s disposal will be further boosted if Marcos Angeleri completes his move home to Estudiantes and Sunderland are able to offload Nosworthy and Kilgallon. Sunderland are yet to receive any interest in Nosworthy or Kilgallon despite the duo boasting a wealth of experience in the Championship.

McCartney’s second spell at Sunderland, after arriving in a £7million deal in the summer of 2008, has never lived up to his first and he spent much of last season on loan at Leeds.

He remains highly-rated in the East End though after his first two-year spell with the Hammers saw him finish runner-up in the 2007-08 Player of the Year race.

McCartney said: “It is brilliant to be coming back.

“I am looking forward to being part of the manager’s squad and the club’s push for promotion.

“It is a tough league but with the signings the manager has made already and the players already here, it is a healthy squad.

“In my eyes, it is more than capable of getting us up at the first attempt.“The West Ham fans are fantastic. I remember how good they were to me when I was here before.

“I know that if you do the business on the pitch, they will get behind you both home and away. More than ever this season, we need them behind the team as we look to try again promoted. The fans will be a big part in that.”