'Incredible' - Newcastle United seal rival raid with deal for 'top' Sunderland keeper

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Newcastle United have completed a rival raid on Sunderland for their highly-rated goalkeeper, Claudia Moan.

As revealed by NewcastleWorld last week , the Magpies have landed the player after offering a double-your-money deal to Moan. It’s an offer that was said to blow Sunderland out of the water financially.

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The Magpies secured back-to-back promotions last season after winning the FA Women's National League Northern Premier Division title. And coach Becky Langley is looking to assemble a squad capable of making it three on the bounce, with top level and Championship experience seen as vital.

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Moan, Sunderland's No.1 last season, fits that bill. The 25-year-old's contract came to an end and while Moan was offered new terms by Sunderland, it appears as if a bigger offer from the rising force in the North East women's game is set to see the player pen terms on Tyneside.

In a statement confirming the move, the club said: “Newcastle United Women have completed the signing of goalkeeper and reigning Barclays Women's Championship Player of the Season Claudia Moan from Sunderland.

“The 25-year-old goalkeeper came through the ranks at our fellow Women's Championship club and, after signing her first professional contract last summer, helped Sunderland to a third-place finish in the second tier.

“With ten clean sheets to her name, as well as only conceding eighteen goals from 22 matches, Moan won the Golden Glove award to go along with her Player of the Season trophy.”

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On signing for Newcastle United Women, Moan said: "I am delighted to be joining Newcastle United, who have shown in the past two seasons that they are a very ambitious club.

"The set-up at the club is fantastic which is something I know will help me settle in very quickly.

"I will give everything I possibly can to the team and the fans, who I know give incredible support to the club. I can't wait to get started next week."

Manager Becky Langley added: "Claudia is a top goalkeeper and I worked with her previously when we won the league together at Northumbria University.

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"Her stats from last season speak for themselves. The fact she won the Golden Glove and Player of the Season awards is absolutely fantastic when you look at the quality of players she was up against in that league. We're really excited to see her join the club."

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