McCarthy hopes to have Connolly edge
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Both clubs have had a bid accepted by The Hammers while Connolly has already undergone a medical and discussed personal terms with Leicester.
But The Black Cats have moved to hijack the Republic of Ireland international's switch to The Walkers Stadium by plotting to tempt him to Wearside.
McCarthy worked with the forward with the Ireland squad and hopes that will help to persuade Connolly to move to The Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats chief wanted Connolly last season before he joined West Ham from Wimbledon and is optimistic of it being second time lucky.
"I am hopeful we can sign David but he has his options and it will be down to David to decide," McCarthy told the club's official website.
"I would like to think that it is a positive in our advantage that I have known David a long time. He knows we can work together.
"He will decide what is the best deal for himself and hopefully Sunderland will be an attraction for him.
"I did not have the money last year and he went to West Ham. I would have liked to have got him but it never got that close.
"He is a player I like, admire and respect. I gave him his debut for Ireland, that's how highly I rate him.
"If he signs for us then I'll be absolutely delighted. If he doesn't we'll shake hands and get on with it."