Sunderland close in on Basel star Cabral

Target: Cabral
Target: Cabral
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SUNDERLAND are believed to have clinched the signing of young Swiss midfielder Cabral, writes Graeme Anderson.

Reports coming out Switzerland suggest the 24-year-old - who has been a key figure for leading Swiss Super League side Basel - has agreed a four-year contract with the Black Cats.

Cabral, full name Adilson Tavares Varela, joined Basel from Lausanne in 2007 but has allowed his contract to run down and is now available on a Bosman free transfer.

Should the deal be ratified, the defensive midfielder will become Sunderland’s second signing of the close season with Altricham’s teenage striker Duncan Whatmore agreeing a move to the Stadium of Light last week.

Cabral was born in Cape Verde but has taken up an option to play his international football for Switzerland and has been capped at Swiss U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels.

More on this story in tomorrow’s Sunderland Echo.