TEN YEARS ON: Clarke in, McCartney out

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Here’s a look back at what the Echo was reporting on SAFC 10 years ago on this date.


BYE GEORGE: West Ham left-back Clive Clarke will today sign for Sunderland, with former club captain George McCartney heading in the opposite direction.

Niall Quinn this morning confirmed to the Echo that the deal would be going through, with Sunderland receiving £600,000 as part of the move.

Dubliner Clarke has already passed his medical and will come into contention for tomorrow’s home Championship clash against Birmingham City.

McCartney exits Sunderland despite suffering with a knee problem which will keep him out for at least two months.

NO GO STOKES: Sunderland will not sign Arsenal’s teenage striker Anthony Stokes, who played in last week’s triel match against South Korea Under-20s/

Boss Niall Quinn said: He trained with us for a few days and did well. He’s a very young player and he needs games now to develop further.

“But we couldn’t guarantee him that here with the strikers ahead of him at Sunderland and so he’s gone back.”

RIERA TO SIGN TOMORROW: Sunderland will tomorrow complete another signing - Barcelona B captain Arnau Caldentey Riera.

Niall Quinn said: “The lad has gone home and is currently packing his bags in Barcelona in preparation for coming here. He won’t be able to play against Birmingham City but will be available for the game against Plymouth Argyle.”