SUNDERLAND have completed the loan signing of Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge with the former England international set to make his debut against Norwich tomorrow night.
Bridge has agreed a deal until the end of the season at the Stadium of Light after finding himself out of the picture with the league leaders – featuring just one for City this year, in the Carling Cup back in September.
The 31-year-old becomes the first signing of the Martin O’Neill era after the Sunderland boss became concerned by a growing injury list, which has seen David Vaughan, Lee Cattermole, Wes Brown, Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon sidelined.
Bridge, who spent the second half of last season on loan at relegated West Ham, is expected to feature against Norwich tomorrow after Sunderland completed the deal ahead of the noon registration deadline.
O’Neill said: “I’m hoping that with Wayne’s undoubted experience and ability he can be a big help to the team until the end of the season.
“I’m very pleased to have him here and with the number of injuries we’ve sustained recently I’m sure he’ll be a great help to us.”