Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill might just have discovered a "new signing" without spending a single penny.

Predecessor Steve Bruce spent much time and effort trying to lure former Newcastle left-winger Charles N'Zogbia to Wearside from Wigan, but lost the race for the £9.5million Frenchman's signature to Aston Villa. However, with injuries limiting his options in recent weeks, O'Neill has turned to 22-year-old James McClean, and has been richly rewarded.

The Ulsterman said: "I couldn't be more pleased with him. He has come in and he has been exceptional. He came on in the game when perhaps maybe we seemed to be chasing lost causes against Blackburn and lit the place up. His emergence has been fantastic."

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