By Wayne Veysey

30th Jun, 2022 | 4:16pm

Contract signed: Sunderland land Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard on four-year deal - Sources

Daniel Ballard has completed his permanent move from Arsenal to Sunderlan and all that is missing is official confirmation, Football Insider understands.

The defender completed a medical with the Black Cats on Wednesday (29 June) and has now put the finishing touches on his move.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the 22-year-old has signed a four-year deal with Sunderland.

He was a target for Burnley earlier this month (23 June) after they had a £2million bid accepted by Arsenal but they were unable to agree personal terms.

The Northern Ireland international spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Millwall and they were keen on taking him back to the New Den.

It is also understood that Blackburn Rovers were interested in a deal.

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Instead, it is Sunderland who have won the race for his signature as they look to bolster the squad that won promotion from League One via the play-offs.

Alex Neil has not added any new faces this summer but Leon Dajaku has converted his loan switch into a permanent move.

He was handed a boost in defence on Wednesday (29 June) when Bailey Wright signed a new two-year deal at the Stadium of Light.

Wright has vast Championship experience with Preston North End and Bristol City and Ballard also has experience in the second-tier.

He started 30 Championship games on loan at Millwall last season and spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Blackpool as they won promotion from League One via the play-offs.

The 10-time international had a year left to run on his Arsenal deal before he made the switch to Sunderland.

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