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Roker Roundup: Academy youngster sold to Man Utd - thanks Sunderland on his way out

Academy graduate Joe Hugill has signed for Manchester United, and took to Instagram to thank Sunderland ahead of his new start, whilst a host of other ex-players are on the move.

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Academy product thanks club as he departs

Manchester United confirmed the signings of Sunderland youngsters Logan Pye and Joe Hugill yesterday as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side unveiled their academy intake for the 2020/21 season.

Sunderland are believed to have received six figure fees for pair and the young duo have officially joined the Academy of Light exodus.

Hugill took to Instagram to reveal that he was ‘over the moon’ about joining his new club but took time to thank the players and staff at Sunderland who have helped him in his budding career.

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Former Black Cats on the move

Sunderland released Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty last month, once the end of the League One season was confirmed.

The 32-year-old only featured 11 times for the club after signing for the club on a short-term deal in January and now appears likely to head to Italy.

According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Lafferty is wanted by Serie C side Reggina. The club recently signed former French international Jeremy Menez and are hoping to sign Lafferty to aid in their promotion push.

Dundee have announced that Sunderland Academy product Andrew Nelson has left the club by mutual consent.

Nelson, who featured 25 times for the club, still had one year remaining on his Dundee deal but has agreed to cut his deal short as the club suffer the fall out from the coronavirus.

Former Sunderland defender Jean-Yves Mvoto has signed for German fourth division outfit Wormatia Worms.

The 31-year-old had been playing in Norway with Nybergsund but will now continue his career in Germany.

Finally, another academy product, namely Andrew Cartwright, has signed for North Shields. Cartwright will join his father Peter and brother Phil in turning out for the club who play in the Northern Football League Division One.

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