Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Revamp Almost Complete for Cats

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Revamp Almost Complete for Cats

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

With the new Premiership season not starting for more than eight weeks, Mick McCarthy is well on the way to completing his planned revamp of the Sunderland squad.

It was thought McCarthy was hoping to bring in at least six new players this summer after allowing Michael Bridges, Sean Thornton, Mark Lynch, Marcus Stewart, Jeff Whitley, Michael Ingham and Brian Deane to leave.

Now the father and agent of Ipswich Town midfielder Tommy Miller, also called Tommy, has revealed his son is hoping to become the Black Cats' fifth summer signing next week.

The news will allow the Sunderland boss to concentrate on finding another striker and midfielder for next season.

Miller had talks with the club before going on his honeymoon, promising McCarthy an answer on his return. It now appears it will be "yes".

According to Miller senior: "Subject to him passing his medical next Wednesday, he is signing for Sunderland. He is due back from honeymoon on Tuesday and he will go up there on Wednesday."

The 26-year-old's signature will be a major coup for the Black Cats. Leeds United, Crystal Palace, Celtic and Wigan Athletic were all thought to be interested in Miller, with Ipswich hoping to persuade him to sign a new contract. According to his dad, he would have done that were it not for Sunderland's interest.

"He had plenty of options, but if he was going to stay in the Championship, he would have stayed with Ipswich," he said. "I think (Sunderland) is the only club he would have left Ipswich for."

Jon Stead, Kelvin Davis, Daryl Murphy and Nyron Nosworthy have all joined since May at a combined cost of pounds 3m. Miller is out of contract and therefore will not eat further into McCarthy's war chest.

With Kevin Kyle's future in doubt after on-going hip problems and Murphy, Stephen Elliott and Chris Brown unproven in the Premiership, Stead is unlikely to be Sunderland's only new striker this summer. …

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