Portsmouth Return to Sunderland to Sign Second Player This Month

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Danny Cowley’s eagerness to bolster his attacking options has seen Portsmouth return to Sunderland for a second time this month to sign a player. Following Denver Hume who moved to the south coast last week, forward Aiden O’Brien has made the same journey in search of regular first-team football and has signed a deal until the end of the season.

Portsmouth Return to Sunderland to Sign Aiden O’Brien

Aiden O’Brien Becomes Portsmouths Fifth Signing and the Second From Sunderland

Aiden O’Brien joins former teammate at Sunderland Denver Hume at Portsmouth. Hume signed earlier this transfer window for £200,000 with O’Brien following him today. The former Black Cats pair make up two of Pompey’s five new signings this month.

O’Brien has been searching for first-team football all season and saw a move to Doncaster Rovers fall through last summer. He has appeared sporadically for Sunderland this season and with the new arrivals of Patrick Roberts and Jack Clarke on Wearside, O’Brien could have seen his playing time reduced further.

The Republic of Ireland international scored 12 goals in 65 games since arriving from Millwall.

Danny Cowley Pleased With His New Signing

Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley spoke to the official Portsmouth website after the signing was announced as said: “We’re really pleased to sign Aiden and from the moment I spoke to him, there was an energy and enthusiasm to join us.

“We’re lucky to be at such a renowned football club because there are so many players who want to come here. Aiden brings us many different qualities and can play across the forward line, making penetrative runs.

“He looks after the ball well and links the play, while he can also drive forward and is always a goal threat. We’re really looking forward to him being part of this group and he knows quite a few of the lads already, which is important when you arrive on a short-term contract.”

Sunderland Statement as Portsmouth Return to Sunderland for Another Signing

Sunderland released a statement after O’Brien’s departure. Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman explained why O’Brien was allowed to leave. He said: “Aiden’s contract was due to expire this summer and although he has had impactful moments throughout the season, he has consistently voiced his desire to play regular football. We feel this move gives him the best opportunity to secure more playing time whilst also supporting his career in the long-term and we wish him well for the future.”

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