Thursday 22 August 2013
Sunderland have completed their 10th signing of the summer with the acquisition of Greece international Charalampos Mavrias from Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee.
The 19-year-old, more commonly known as Charis Mavrias, has agreed a three-year deal with the Black Cats after impressing scouts with his impressive performances for the Greek Super League side.
Mavrias came through the Athens side's youth academy and became the second-youngest player ever to play in the competition when he made his club debut in the UEFA Champions League as a 16-year-old in 2010. He went on to score three goals in 51 top-flight appearances and participate in 11 European matches for the Athens-based side. He has also been capped twice by his country, having also played at U17, U19 and U21 level.
The winger, who will wear the No 35 shirt, takes Paolo Di Canio’s recruitment drive into double figures after the arrivals of Cabral, Modibo Diakite, Valentin Roberge, David Moberg Karlsson, Vito Mannone, Jozy Altidore, El Hadji Ba, Emanuele Giaccherini and Ondrej Celustka.
Sunderland, who began their Barclays Premier League campaign with a narrow defeat by Fulham, travel to Southampton on Saturday.
West Bromwich Albion have strengthened their attacking options by signing Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan from Manchester City with a view to a permanent deal.
The 24-year-old completed his move after passing a medical and will wear the No 10 shirt for Steve Clarke's side.
Sinclair boasts a wealth of Barclays Premier League experience having played for Chelsea, where he was first coached by Clarke, as well as Swansea City and Wigan Athletic.
"Scott understands he needs to play football and it will be good to work with him again," Clarke told the club's website. "We're delighted he feels this is the right club for him at this stage of his career.
"He is the type of player we were missing from the squad. He is a pure winger, who is quick, direct and scores goals – he has proven that over his career. He can play off the right or left and improves our attacking options.
"I know him well and he is a good person, who I know is 100% committed to our cause. He is frustrated he did not get the chances to play at Man City last season and hopefully he will take those frustrations out on Premier League defenders this season."
Sinclair scored a hat-trick in the 2011 Championship play-off final which earned Swansea promotion to the top-flight. His eight goals in 38 appearances in the Swans' debut Barclays Premier League campaign earned him a move to Man City, where he found first-team opportunities hard to come by.
Sinclair hopes to add to his 73 Barclays Premier League appearances at Everton on Saturday.