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Tuesday 31 January 2012

Sunderland swoop for defender Bridge

England international moves to Stadium of Light on loan until end of the season

Bridge's first-team opportunities have been limited at Man City this season

Sunderland have secured the services of Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge on loan until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old could make his Black Cats debut in Wednesday's Barclays Premier League game against Norwich City.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill told the club's website: "I'm hoping that with Wayne's undoubted experience and ability he can be a big help to the team until the end of the season.

"I'm very pleased to have him here and with the number of injuries we've sustained recently I'm sure he'll be a great help to us."

Bridge, who has 36 England caps, began his career with Southampton and made 173 appearances for the Saints before moving to Chelsea in summer 2003.

He won the Barclays Premier League during his five-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, making 143 appearances and also had a loan spell at Fulham.

He joined City in January 2009 and has made 59 appearances for the Manchester club.

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Key Points

  • Sunderland sign Wayne Bridge on loan until end of the season
  • Defender will move from Manchester City
  • Could make Black Cats debut as early as Wednesday