Ex-Sunderland player signed under Jack Ross swaps Championship for League One as rivals receive £9m cash boost

Former Sunderland left-back Reece James has signed for Sheffield Wednesday.
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The defender signed for Sunderland under Jack Ross back in 2017 and spent a season at the Stadium of Light before signing for Doncaster Rovers, where he made 52 appearances in all competitions.

The 28-year-old then made the move to Blackpool in July last year. However, James has departed the Championship on a season-long loan to League One outfit Sheffield Wednesday, the team Sunderland defeated in the semi-finals of the play-offs.

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The former Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic man becomes Wednesday’s seventh summer addition and will link up with Owls manager Darren Moore ahead of the 2022-23 season.

GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 22:  Reece James of Sunderland celebrates at the full time whistle after the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 22:  Reece James of Sunderland celebrates at the full time whistle after the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 22: Reece James of Sunderland celebrates at the full time whistle after the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

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West Ham look set to beat Premier League rivals Crystal Palace to the signing of Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes.

The Hammers are due to complete the second part of Downes’ medical on Thursday morning ahead of a proposed £9million transfer, that could rise to £12million with add-ons. (Football London)

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