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26th Jul 2016

David Moyes makes his first Sunderland signing, and it may not be a popular decision

Villa fans will be glad to see the back of him...

Robert Redmond

David Moyes will hope his first transfer window at Sunderland doesn’t come to define him, as it did at Manchester United.

The club struggled to sign players in 2013, and had to settle for the deadline day arrival of Marouane Fellaini from Everton. The Belgium midfielder didn’t convince in his opening season as United struggled, and came to represent the muddled approach of Moyes’ brief tenure at Old Trafford.

Moyes is back in the Premier League with Sunderland, and has being linked with a move for United winger Adnan Januzaj.

However, according to ESPN, the 53-year-old will make Charles N’Zogbia of Aston Villa infamy his first signing at the Stadium of Light.

Everton v Aston Villa - Premier League

The 30-year-old French winger has been on trial at Sunderland, after being released by Villa at the end of last season, and scored the winning goal in a friendly win over Rotherham last Saturday.

Moyes was in attendance at the game, and has offered the player a contracted, after reportedly receiving a positive report on N’Zogbia from his predecessor Sam Allardyce.

If the former Everton manager sought a reference from Villa fans, the view on the winger would undoubtedly be a lot different. N’Zogbia joined the recently relegated club from Wigan Athletic in 2011, costing £9.5m, and rarely showed any form to justify his price tag.

The former Newcastle United winger only played twice in the Premier League last season as Villa were relegated.

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