Sunderland AFC news: Defender open to Lisbon move, midfielder set for exit, Kirchhoff on fitness concerns

Sunderland AFC boss Sam Allardyce
Sunderland AFC boss Sam Allardyce
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Sunderland midfielder Liam Agnew is poised to exit the Stadium of Light and sign a two-year deal at Bradford City.

The Under-21's skipper has been spending time on trial at Bradford and he now set to join them on a permanent deal in the summer after impressing the coaching staff at Valley Parade.

Midfielder George Honeyman and striker Mikael Mandron are also likely departures, as is Martin Smith, who joined Carlisle on loan until the end of the season earlier this month.

Among those players, only Mandron has been on the bench under Sam Allardyce's tenure.

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Meanwhile, Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates is open to making his loan move to Portugese giants Sporting Lisbon permanent in the summer.

Title-chasing Lisbon have an option to sign Coates on a permanent deal, for a fee understood to be in the region of £4million, once his initial loan has been complete.

When pressed on if he had to make a decision to stay, Coates added: "I'd say yes, of course!

"For everything. Besides, my family is already adapted to Lisbon."

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And finally, January signing Jan Kirchhoff has confessed he should be able to last 90 minutes after two months of Premier League football, but his energy levels continue to "fall into a big hole".

Kirchoff told the Echo: "To be honest, it’s a problem for me in the last 20 minutes.

"There's days for me where there’s no issue and I can stay with it.

"But there’s ones like the derby where I fall into a big hole and I can’t manage to stay with the intensity of the game."
Kirchhoff endured issues with his fitness both at former club Bayern Munich and during a loan spell at Schalke last season after injuries limited him to just 14 Bundesliga starts in the two-and-a-half years prior to arriving at the Stadium of Light in a £750,000 deal.