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Ipswich Town sign Sunderland midfielder Conor Hourihane

Conor Hourihane
Hourihane played 12 times for Sunderland's reserve team last season

Ipswich Town have signed Sunderland midfielder Conor Hourihane on a one-year deal.

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international turned down a new deal with the Black Cats to join Town.

The 19-year-old former Cork City youngster worked under Town boss and his hero Roy Keane at Sunderland.

Sunderland could be due compensation for Hourihane, who can also play at left-back, as he is under 24 and was offered a new contract.

He told the Ipswich website: "There are a lot of players at Sunderland and when I found out about Ipswich's interest, I felt it was the right move.

"I've known Shane O'Connor for a long while. When I see what he has achieved after being given a chance here, that's what I've got to aim for."

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