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Roker Roundup: Released Sunderland U23 defender finds new club & Steven Fletcher off to Celtic?

An U23s defender released by Sunderland this summer has found himself a new club, whilst it looks like Steven Fletcher - and possibly Paddy McNair - is off to play for Neil Lennon at Celtic.

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Former duo off to Celtic?

Former Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher looks set to sign for Celtic according to reports North of the border.

Fletcher is a free agent after leaving Sheffield Wednesday and Record Sport claim that the Scottish international is close to agreeing a deal with Neil Lennon’s side, with the only sticking point being the length of the contract.

The 33-year-old could be joined at Parkhead by Paddy McNair, as 90mins say that although Celtic hope to sign James McCarthy of Crystal Palace, McNair is seen as a potential alternative.

Should McNair move on from Middlesbrough, it is likely that Sunderland will not benefit from the deal as it’s believed that there is no sell-on clause in the Northern Ireland international’s Boro contract.

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Academy products find new club

Two Sunderland academy products have found new clubs - Andrias Edmundsson has joined a Spanish side after departing the Academy of Light last month, and David Ferguson has joined Hartlepool United.

Edmundsson is a Faroe Island under-21 international but was released by Sunderland last month, and following his departure the centre back has signed a contract with Spanish outfit Aguilas FC.

David Ferguson joined Sunderland from Darlington in 2012 but departed for Blackpool without making a first team appearance. Since leaving the club he has also featured for Shildon, had another spell at Darlington before leaving York City after more than 100 appearances for the club.

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