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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2007, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK
O'Donovan seals Sunderland switch
Cork City's Roy O'Donovan
Striker O'Donovan has signed a three-year deal
Sunderland have signed Cork striker Roy O'Donovan for an undisclosed fee.

O'Donovan, 21, underwent a medical at the Stadium of Light on Thursday and has signed a three-year deal.

Fulham had wanted to sign the Republic of Ireland 'B' international, but O'Donovan said Sunderland boss Roy Keane had been very persuasive.

"I had a choice between Fulham and Sunderland but when I spoke to the gaffer my mind was made up," O'Donovan told the Sunderland website.

Cork had previously confirmed that a verbal agreement had been reached with the Craven Cottage club, for a fee reportedly of 530,000.

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O'Donovan added: ""This is a big challenge for me and when the chance came about, I didn't think twice

"I had a knack for scoring goals in Ireland and I have to continue that at Sunderland."

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