Levein finally lands O'Donovan

Long-term target moves to Tannadice on loan

O'Donovan: Off to Tannadice

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Dundee United have signed Sunderland striker Roy O'Donovan on a season-long loan deal.

O'Donovan has been a long-term target for United boss Craig Levein, who tried to sign the Irishman in January.

Levein has now secured a deal for the former Cork City ace and expects the 22-year-old to make an impact at Tannadice this season.

"Roy is a player I know very well, having tried to get him from Cork before his move to Sunderland," Levein told the club's official website.

Natural goalscorer

"In fact, he might have been one of my first signings for Dundee United, had it not been for interest in the player from the Premiership.

"I tried to obtain him on loan last season and am absolutely delighted to eventually get him to Tannadice.

"He is a very direct player, with lots of pace and is a natural and proven goalscorer. I'm also certain that United supporters will enjoy seeing him play for the team."

O'Donovan could make his debut for United in Monday's SPL fixture against Hamilton Academical.