Sunderland complete double signing of Aiden McGeady and James Vaughan

Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson

Republic of Ireland winger McGeady joins from Everton on a three-year deal and, given how he impressed for Preston in the Championship last season, will offer Sunderland fans hope of an immediate return to the Premier League.

It's been a season of overhaul for Ronald Koeman's crew, and McGeady is unlikely to be the final departure.

60 - The 31-year-old created more scoring chances (60) than any teammate.

"He (Grayson) was probably the biggest pull for me", said McGeady, who played with Celtic and Spartak Moscow prior to moving to Everton in 2014.

Vaughan was with Everton for seven years and he scored seven goals in 47 games for The Toffees. After a successful loan spell with Huddersfield, he signed for The Terriers on a permanent basis in 2013.

"Now I've signed they'll definitely come and there's quite a few of them!" However, he was frustrated by his lack of first-team involvement in the second half of 2015-16 season, and when he wasn't getting game time at the start of the 2016-17 season he left Birmingham for Bury. I'm a creative player, and I suppose I like to excite as well, set up goals and try to score as many goals as I can.

"It's great preparation - Celtic had an unbelievable season previous year and the manager has built a good squad", he said. "It might be the best thing, to get out the spotlight, have a look at things, rebuild the squad, because we need hungry players who want to come here with a point to prove and to make a name for themselves at Sunderland".

He added, " He's mobile, he knows where the goal is and he fits in with the ethos that we're trying to bring into Sunderland".

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