Monday 14 January 2013
Sunderland have made their second signing of the January transfer window with the capture of Senegal defender Kader Mangane.
The 29-year-old, who stands at 6ft 5in, has joined on loan until the end of the season from Saudi side Al Hilal.
After starting his career in Senegal, Mangane spent six years in Switzerland with Neuchatel Xamax and Young Boys before enjoying spells at French Ligue One sides Lens and Rennes. He joined Al Hilal last year.
"Kader is player who will add to the overall strength of our squad and give us options," Sunderland manager Martin ONeill told the club's official website. "He will improve competition for places and we are delighted to welcome him to the club."
Sunderland take on Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Tuesday and Mangane is set to make his Barclays Premier League debut against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Reading are to assess Zambia defender Stoppila Sunzu after the 23-year-old arrived for a four-day training stay with the club.
The centre-half, who was at Reading when he was a teenager, has been given permission by Zambia and his club TP Mazembe to leave temporarily his country's African Cup of Nations squad.
He will return to the squad this week for Zambia's opening match against Ethiopia next Monday as they begin their defence of the trophy won when Sunzu scored the winning penalty in a shootout with Ivory Coast.