Keane brings back George

Sunderland have signed former defender George McCartney on a five-year deal.

McCartney had been chased by the Black Cats all summer, but the West Ham and Northern Ireland player initially rejected a return to the Stadium of Light.

However, Keane's persistence has finally paid off and McCartney arrived on Wearside today for a medical.

The 27-year-old left Sunderland for West Ham in 2006 as part of a swap deal with Clive Clarke and he quickly established himself in East London.

McCartney recently signed a new deal at Upton Park.

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