Sunderland land Everton winger McGeady and Bury striker Vaughan

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And that is sure to be of great relief to the Brentford faithful, who have seen the 23-year-old perform well for them in the last couple of years, and they will surely hope that the club can keep hold of their prized assets ahead of the new Championship season, which for them begins on August 5 at Sheffield United.

Sunderland have announced the double signing of Everton winger Aiden McGeady and Bury striker James Vaughan.

The pair arrived from Bury and Everton in cut-price deals as Simon Grayson made it four signings since his arrival on Wearside - and his first two permanent captures.

"With Simon Grayson coming to Sunderland and having him last year at Preston, he got the best out of me - probably the best I had played for a few years".

McGeady was voted PNE's player of the year by supporters last season after some sparkling performances.

"He was recognised by the league with Player of the Month awards and he already knows a few of the lads from his Everton days". After a six-year spell with Celtic McGeady went to Russian side Spartak Moscow for £9.5 Million.

Vaughan, who scored 24 league goals for League One club Bury last season, is eager to join his new team-mates after being impressed by their showing against the Shakers in last Friday night's Gigg Lane friendly, which Sunderland won 3-2.

The 31-year-old was named the Lilywhites' Player of the Year after scoring eight league goals and grabbing as many assists last season.

Grayson told the club's official website that his side "were missing a striker with a physical presence" prior to the signing of Vaughan, adding that the former Everton man "certainly brings that attribute".

McGeady started his career with Celtic and played 185 times for The Hoops.

The centre-forward has also had successful loan spells with the likes of Huddersfield Town, where he too worked alongside Grayson.

'He's mobile, he knows where the goal is and he fits in with the ethos that we're trying to bring to Sunderland'.

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