The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 6 and 5 revealed

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OUR countdown of the 100 greatest post-war Sunderland signings today reaches the top five.

After our judging panel whittled down the candidates to a top 10, we invited you to select the best via text or online, and thousands of votes were cast.

Brian Clough

Brian Clough

Voting is now closed.

Today we reveal which Sunderland legends have made it into positions six and five.

Keep visiting the website all week as we continue the countdown to the best ever Black Cats signing.

6. Marco Gabbiadini (Pictured)

- Striker joined Sunderland from York City in 1987 for £80,000

- Struck up impressive partnership with Eric Gates, and helped Sunderland to the Third Division championship in his first season, 1987-88

- In his third season, he fired the club to promotion to the top flight, and scored the second in a famous play-off semi-final second leg win over Newcastle United at St James’s Park

- Made 185 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 87 times

- Left to join Crystal Palace in 1991, and later had spells for the likes of Derby County, Stoke City and Darlington

- Gabbiadini now works as a radio pundit

5. Brian Clough (Pictured)

- Striker joined Sunderland from Middlesbrough in 1961 for £45,000

- Left Middlesbrough with a scoring record of 204 goals in 222 games

- Made 74 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 63 times, but a serious injury originally suffered in 1962 forced him to retire

- Joined Sunderland’s coaching staff after retirement, before going on to manage Hartlepool United

- Went on to become one of the best football managers of all-time, with league titles at Derby County and Nottingham Forest, as well as two European Cups with the latter

The countdown:

* Click here for 100-96 - including Phil Gray.

* Click here for 95-91 - including Steven Fletcher.

* Click here for 90-86 - including David Connolly.

* Click here for 85-81 - including Alex Chamberlain.

* Click here for 80-76 - including Fred Hall.

* Click here for 75-71 - including Mart Poom.

* Click here for 70-66 - including Alex Rae.

* Click here for 65-61 - including Eric Gates.

* Click here for 60-56 - including John O’Shea.

* Click here for 55-51 - including Don Goodman.

* Click here for 50-46 - including Simon Mignolet.

* Click here for 45-41 - including Dick Malone.

* Click here for 40-36 - including Lee Clark.

* Click here for 35-31 - including Willie Watson.

* Click here for 30-26 - including Charlie ‘Cannonball’ Fleming.

* Click here for 25-21 - including Chris Turner.

* Click here for 20-16 - including Paul Bracewell.

* Click here for 15-11 - including Darren Bent.

* Click here for the top 10.