Sunderland transfer news: Assistant manager Paul Bracewell confirms Javier Manquillo has undergone Black Cats medical

25 Aug

Sunderland boss David Moyes was closing in on his sixth summer signing on Wednesday night as defender Javier Manquillo underwent a medical.

Moyes did not attend his post-match press conference after the Black Cats’ 1-0 EFL Cup second round victory over Shrewsbury at the Stadium of Light, which booked them a third round trip to QPR, after the Atletico Madrid defender arrived on Wearside.

Assistant manager Paul Bracewell said: “The lad [Manquillo] is obviously having his medical at the moment. He came in this afternoon and he’s having his medical as we speak.”

A successful conclusion to that transfer – which is expected to be a season-long loan deal – would come as a fresh boost to Moyes, who saw his team win a competitive game for the first time since he took charge courtesy of Adnan Januzaj’s 83rd-minute strike.

Substitute George Waring might have taken the tie into extra time with an injury-time header, but missed the target from just three yards to leave Manchester United loanee Januzaj hanging on to the headlines.

Bracewell said: “That’s one of the reasons why the boss brought him in. All of a sudden, he can turn, and it was a great finish to get a result on a tough night.

“It’s a work in progress. Some things we were happy with and some things we weren’t. He’s got that ability to deliver something very special like that.

“We had a young team out tonight, one or two lads playing out of position as well. It was a tough game, but all in all the most important thing in the cup games is getting through.”


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