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Saturday 31 August 2013

Transfer round-up: Swansea's Ki joins Sunderland on loan

South Korean joins Black Cats for the season; Cardiff sign Théophile-Catherine

  • Ki Sung-Yeung made 29 appearances in the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season

  • French right-back Kevin Théophile-Catherine is Cardiff's seventh summer signing

Sunderland have signed South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yeung on a season-long loan deal from Swansea City. The 24-year-old is Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio's 11th signing of the summer.

Ki joined Swansea from Celtic in August 2012 and became a regular first-team player, making 29 Barclays Premier League appearances during the 2012/13 campaign. As well as helping the Welsh club finish eighth in the Barclays Premier League last term, he also played in the Swans' 5-0 victory over Bradford City in the 2013 Capital One Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

He began his career in South Korea with FC Seoul before moving in 2009 to Celtic, where he won a league title and Scottish League Cup during three years in Glasgow.

Cardiff complete Théophile-Catherine capture

Cardiff City have announced the signing of French right-back Kevin Theophile-Catherine from Rennes.

The newly promoted Barclays Premier League club confirmed that the 23-year-old defender had penned a four-year deal shortly after their goalless draw with Everton. Theophile-Catherine is a former France Under-21 international and had been with the Ligue 1 side since July 2009.

The defender is Cardiff manager Malky Mackay's seventh summer signing as they embark on their debut campaign in the Barclays Premier League.

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Key Points

  • Sunderland sign South Korean international Ki Sung-yeung on a season-long loan from Swansea City
  • The midfielder made 29 appearances in the Barclays Premier League last season after joining Swansea from Celtic
  • Cardiff City sign French right-back Kevin Theophile-Catherine from Rennes