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CONFIRMED: Sunderland have completed the signing of promising Walsall midfielder George Dobson!

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Sunderland have finally completed the signing of Walsall captain George Dobson, with the 21-year old midfielder agreeing a permanent deal following a year-and-a-half stay with the Saddlers.

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Sunderland have completed their fifth signing of the summer after finally reaching an agreement on the transfer of Walsall midfielder George Dobson for an undisclosed fee, with the player signing a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light.

Jack Ross had been chasing the 21-year-old all month and with the player keen to move to Sunderland, he was left out of Walsall’s first team preparations as the two clubs negotiated the transfer.

Dobson came through the youth ranks at Arsenal and West Ham United without making a first team appearance and made his senior debut during a loan spell at Walsall, he then had a short spell in the Dutch top flight with Sparta Rotterdam before rejoining Walsall on a permanent deal in January, 2018.

He was an integral part of the Walsall team from that point on and even captained the Saddlers for the majority of last season.

Dobson’s arrival takes the number of new first team signings to five, following the signings of Marc McNulty, Conor McLaughlin, Lee Burge and Jordan Willis.