The former Sunderland striker says the club decided against signing the Spaniard, opting for James McClean instead.

Former Sunderland striker and chairman Niall Quinn has told the Sunderland Echo that the Black Cats could have signed Spanish forward Michu.

Michu joined Swansea in 2012, scoring 18 Premier League goals in his debut season for the Welsh club, but he could have been a Sunderland player had the club opted to sign him instead of Irish winger James McClean.

West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean celebrates scoring their third goal

Quinn has stated the signing of McClean came from a recommendation from chief scout Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson on his first day on the job, and also named a Spanish forward who could do a job on Wearside.

“Pop also told us to sign a certain guy named Michu on that first day,” Quinn told the Sunderland Echo.

“Swansea fans will not be alone in remembering the 20-goal debut season that followed, but Steve and I chose James [McClean].”

Michu’s blistering debut year in the Premier League put everyone on notice, but the Swansea number nine was unable to recapture his form the following season, scoring just two goals the next year, before joining Napoli on loan in 2014. 

Michu celebrates scoring Swansea City’s second goal

Now 30-years-old, Michu is back playing in Spain for Oviedo where he began his professional career in 2003.

While the forward did not have a sustained period of success in the Premier League, Sunderland fans will surely be disappointed that they missed out on the chance to sign him, instead seeing Republic of Ireland midfielder McClean join the club, who is no longer a popular figure on Wearside.

The 27-year-old is now at West Brom, and is always booed on his return to the Stadium of Light.

Swansea City’s Michu looks dejected

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