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After last season's 5-1 loss to Newcastle, Sunderland's Ghanaian striker tells Jason Mellor revenge matters in today's derby duel

Bruce wants bragging rights for season, not just derby day

Steve Bruce is adamant that maintaining Sunderland's recent league dominance over arch-rivals Newcastle rather than breaking his derby duck remains his paramount aim.

'The more stick I get from the Liverpool fans today the better'

After 13 years with Manchester United, Wes Brown is excited about making his Sunderland debut today – especially as it is at Anfield, he tells Jason Mellor

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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

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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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