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Reid completes Sunderland switch

Andy Reid
Reid has been sidelined with a knee injury since December

Sunderland have completed the signing of Charlton midfielder Andy Reid on a three-and-a-half year deal which will cost the Black Cats up to £4m.

Reid links up with a former Ireland teammate in manager Roy Keane who was determined to sign the winger.

Keane told BBC Radio Newcastle: "He won't be fit for another week but we were prepared to wait and go ahead.

"I'm delighted because Andy will give us something different to the midfielders we've got."

The 25-year-old started at Nottingham Forest before joining Tottenham on transfer deadline day in January 2005.

He then moved to South London for £3m in August 2006.

BBC Newcastle's Nick Barnes

The move was the second bit of business of the day between the two clubs after defender Greg Halford moved to Charlton on loan.

"It was a difficult decision, but we have to look at ourselves and say 'are we going to let this affect us or will this make us stronger'?", said Charlton manager Alan Pardew.

"Hopefully, the latter will happen."

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see also
Transfer window winners & losers
01 Feb 08 |  Football
Reid injury blow rocks Charlton
20 Dec 07 |  Charlton
Charlton capture midfielder Reid
16 Aug 06 |  Charlton
Reid and Dawson move to Tottenham
01 Feb 05 |  Tottenham
Transfer deadline day as it happened
01 Feb 08 |  Football

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