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Sunderland sign Frazier Campbell

Fraizer Campbell

By The Black Cats
July 13 2009

Steve Bruce's first Sunderland signing was made this week when 21 year old Frazier Campbell joined the Black Cats from Manchester United. Campbell has joined on a four year contract. Manchester United will receive an initial fee of 3.5m, potentially rising to a maximum of 6m.

"Sunderland are an ambitious club who are going to go forward with the financial backing they have here now.  I know they are looking to bring in quality alongside some very good existing players. - said Campbell.

"I would have liked to have played more last season, but every experience is a learning experience.

"I want to take what I learned at Spurs last year and apply it during the next four years here.

"Sunderland are a massive club with great ambition and I have a really good gut feeling about this move."

"It was an easy decision to make in the end - I'm eager to get things underway and can't wait for the season to start."

Campbell spent last season on loan at Spurs and also had a successful temporary spell at Hull in the 2007/08 season, and media speculation suggested Tigers boss Phil Brown had also had an offer accepted.

"A statement of intent", is how SAFC chief executive Steve Walton described the signing.

Walton continued: "We are very pleased to welcome Fraizer to Sunderland as Steve Bruce's first signing.  As an exciting England U21 international, we hope Fraizer can continue his promising development with us.

"Hopefully the next few weeks will be very exciting for Sunderland fans. We have more moves in the pipeline and are working hard in the background to get things done."

Campbell made his full United debut as a substitute in the Manchester derby in August 2007 before joining Belgian outfit Royal Antwerp on loan.

That was followed up by a successful spell at the KC Stadium, where Campbell fired 15 goals to help Hull into the Premier League.

Widely tipped for another deal in Hull, Campbell instead found himself spending last season at White Hart Lane with Spurs.  A tally of nine starts and 13 substitute appearances were forthcoming, including three goals.

Internationally, Campbell is an England under-21 international and was on the scoresheet as Stuart Pearce's men reached the final of the European U21 Championships.

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