Senegal star set for loan spell at the Stadium of Light?
Sunderland are closing in on signing Senegal defender Kader Mangane on loan for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent move.
The 29-year-old Mangane, who is currently with Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, will help ease a defensive crisis at the Stadium of Light with Carlos Cueller, Wes Brown and Danny Rose all absent through injury and John O’Shea only just having returned to action.
Mangane has played in both Switzerland and France during his career and made the move to Al-Hilal from Rennes in the summer. But after six month in the Middle East, he looks destined to return to Europe and join Sunderland’s bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill told the Telegraph: “He’s a lad who went out to the Middle East from Rennes and we’ve made a number of inquiries about his position. At this stage, that’s as far as it’s gone. We’ve talked about the possibility of a loan until the end of the season. Beyond that, it would depend on
performances and things like that.”
Sunderland have already signed French under-21 midfielder Alfred N’Diaye, who made his debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win over West Ham, from Bursaspor and are also leading the race to sign striker Danny Graham from Swansea City.
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