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Monday, 8 July, 2002, 10:28 GMT 11:28 UK
Black Cats sign Thornton
Sunderland boss Peter Reid makes Thornton his second summer signing
Peter Reid has made his second summer signing
Sunderland have clinched the signing of Tranmere midfielder Paul Thornton who was at the centre of a poaching row between the two clubs last season.

The highly-rated 19-year-old is out of contract at Prenton Park and will join the Black Cats for pre-season training.

As he is under 24, Sunderland boss Peter Reid will have to thrash out a compensation package with Tranmere.

Thornton was at the centre of a dispute last season when he claimed to have trained with Sunderland while still a registered Tranmere player.

Thornton will become Peter Reid's second signing of the summer, following the free transfer acquisition of former Liverpool defendr Phil Babb from Sporting Lisbon.

Thornton said: "I am looking forward to joining Sunderland and having the opportunity to play in the Premiership."

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