McCartney moves to Hammers
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham have signed George McCartney, while Clive Clarke has gone to Sunderland.
George McCartney has joined West Ham United from Sunderland, with Clive Clarke heading up to the North East.
The Hammers have pushed through the deal for McCartney, despite the left back being unavailable for at least two months with a knee injury.
The Northern Ireland international has passed an initial medical at Upton Park after deciding to end his time with his only club.
In total, the transfer is worth £1 million, with West Ham paying £600,000 and sending Clarke to The Stadium of Light.
Clarke only joined the Premiership club from Stoke City in a £275,000 deal last summer, but made just three appearances for Alan Pardew's side.
The defender will now look to put his career back on track at Sunderland, who are also close to making another signing.
Barcelona B midfielder Arnau Riera has agreed to move to Wearside after impressing new Black Cats boss Niall Quinn on trial.
Upon completion of a medical on Wednesday, Riera will become a Sunderland player, much to Quinn's delight.
"Riera is captain of Barcelona's B team and has impressed us greatly," Quinn told the club's official website.
"He's a player I think Sunderland fans will love. His work rate is phenomenal, he's got lovely touches and he brings something different to the party.
"We hope to sign him on a three-year contract on Wednesday. We can't see any last-minute problems."
But Quinn has decided against signing Arsenal rookie Anthony Stokes on a season-long loan, following the striker's trial at the club.
Quinn added: "Anthony is a young player who needs games now and we can't promise him that.
"I think Arsenal will loan him to a club who will guarantee him a game, week in, week out."