Hammers closing in on defender despite Leeds interest - reports

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West Ham are reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Sunderland over the proposed signing of Northern Ireland defender George McCartney.

According to the Daily Mail, the east London club are edging nearer to an agreement to secure the signature of the 30-year-old, who left Upton Park for the Stadium of Light in 2008.

McCartney spent the majority of last season on-loan with Leeds and had been tipped to make a permanent £750,000 move to Elland Road during the summer months.

However, despite Simon Grayson reported to be keen to bring McCartney back to Leeds, the Whites' boss instead moved to complete the loan signing of Darren O'Dea from Celtic.


This would seem to pave the way for the Hammers to secure a Boleyn Ground return for McCartney, with sources suggesting the left-back is on his way back to the Npower Championship.

The signing of another full-back is said to be a priority for Sam Allardyce, who is in need of reinforcements in that department, with Herita Ilunga the only experienced left-sided full back in the West Ham squad.

McCartney spent two years with the Irons, having been signed by Alan Pardew to provide competition for Paul Konchesky.

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