Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: REID COMPLETES HIS Pounds 4M SWITCH TO SUNDERLAND

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: REID COMPLETES HIS Pounds 4M SWITCH TO SUNDERLAND

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

PERSISTENCE paid off for Sunderland last night when Andy Reid became their most expensive signing of the January transfer window in a deal which could be worth pounds 4m.

And the 25-year-old revealed it was the prospect of linking up with his former Republic of Ireland team-mate Roy Keane which brought him to Wearside.

Reid's former club, Charlton Athletic, had told the Black Cats their captain was not for sale, but Roy Keane's refusal to take no for an answer resulted in the Republic of Ireland winger moving to Wearside. The player became the Black Cats' fifth new face in a month, while Greg Halford moved in the opposite direction on loan until the end of the season.

Reid (pictured left) is understood to have had a verbal agreement with Charlton manager Alan Pardew that he could leave at the end of the season if the Londoners failed to win back their Premier League place, but Keane persuaded him to bring that forward.

"He's probably had his most successful run in any team since he was at Forest," Pardew reflected. "Roy Keane had a couple of conversations with me, and I tried to make it clear Andy wasn't for sale, but it snowballed from there."

Reid will provide competition on the left of midfield and give Keane the option of playing Kieran Richardson in the centre.

Richardson scored twice from his preferred position in last month's victory over Portsmouth.

"The manager played a part in me coming here but I think he would be a big factor in anyone signing for the club," Reid told his new club's official website. "I know some of the lads, which obviously helps. Hopefully, that will help me settle quicker.

"It wasn't a case that I was unhappy at Charlton, it was a case of an opportunity presenting itself. It was too good to turn down."

Long seen as one of the English game's more cultured footballers, Reid was widely regarded as the Football League's best until his deadline-day move. …

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