Senegal defender arrives at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have completed the signing of Senegal defender Kader Mangane on loan for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent move.
The 29-year-old Mangane has signed a short-term deal to move to the Premier League from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, who he joined from French side Rennes in the summer.
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The giant centre-back 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.
“Kader is player who will add to the overall strength of our squad and give us options,” Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill told SAFC.com of the defender who has also played in Switzerland during his career. “He will improve competition for places and we are delighted to welcome him to the club.”
He added on Sportinglife: “He is prepared to come and battle for places in the team so that’s encouraging. We’re just adding competition for places and that will make us a bit more healthy.”
He is Sunderland’s second signing of the January transfer window and joins fellow new-boy Alfred N’Diaye in the north-east. French under-21 midfielder N’Diaye, who made his debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win over West Ham, join from Bursaspor in Turkey.