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Ryan Taylor fires Newcastle to derby victory

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is hoping rioters will not ruin the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

James McClean becomes tenth Sunderland signing

Sunderland have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean from Derry City for a fee of £350,000.

Henderson says hello and waves goodbye in one go

Liverpool's new midfielder admits to feeling a bit unsettled by having to square up to his old Sunderland team-mates on the Premier League's opening day, writes Simon Hart

Steed Malbranque wants Sunderland stay

Sunderland midfielder Steed Malbranque has insisted he wants to stay on Wearside amid speculation that he could leave.

Sunderland baffled by Lee Cattermole Liverpool transfer rumours

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admits he is mystified by reports linking midfielder Lee Cattermole with Liverpool.

Dealer Bruce looks to stay in profit when the real action starts

Sunderland's manager knows that after a frenzied summer in the transfer market his team need to gel quickly

Sunderland sign Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan

Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan has completed his free transfer to Sunderland after signing a three-year deal.

Brown and O'Shea join Bruce's revolution

Wes Brown and John O'Shea completed moves to Sunderland from Manchester United yesterday, both defenders signing four-year deals.

Sunderland complete deal for Manchester United defender Wes Brown

Manchester United defender Wes Brown has completed his move to Sunderland after agreeing a four-year deal.

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