Sunderland have agreed a deal with Manchester United for the transfer of defensive Paddy McNair and Donald Love as David Moyes continues his Black Cats rebuild. Jose Mourinho deemed the duo surplus to requirements and they will be allowed to leave on a permanent basis.
Sky Sports understands that the two clubs have reached an agreement on the fee, with Sunderland set to fork out an initial £5m ($6.5m) for McNair, which could rise to £7m, while Love will cost them £1m. Both the players are expected to arrive at the club for their medicals on Wednesday (10 August).
McNair, who was part of Northern Ireland's squad at the European Championships in France this summer, had made his debut under Louis van Gaal and was a regular in the first-team during the Dutchman's first season at the club. The 21-year-old struggled to have the same impact last season, which saw him make just three starts in the Premier League compared to the 12 during the 2014/15 campaign.
Love, on the other hand, made his debut during the 2015/16 campaign making three appearances in all competitions under Van Gaal. The Scotland U21's promotion to the first-team was brought about due to injuries to senior team defenders Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia. The duo have returned to fitness and are Mourinho's preferred choice in full back positions.
Similarly, McNair is also unlikely to be part of the first-team this campaign, with Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Phil Jones and summer signing Eric Bailly ahead of him in the pecking order. The Northern Irishman can also play at right-back and defensive midfield, with the latter being a position he has been accustomed to with his national team.
Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji was Moyes' first signing since taking over at Sunderland from Sam Allardyce and the manager is keen to bolster his squad further, as he is keen to avoid yet another relegation battle like the previous campaign. The former Red Devils boss also confirmed interest in signing Adnan Januzaj and Maroune Fellaini, who could also be deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho.