Sunderland midfielder re-joins Wigan Athletic

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Sunderland's summer clear out continues with midfielder Jordi Gomez joining Championship side Wigan Athletic on a permanent deal.

The 31-year-old Spaniard joined Sunderland on a free transfer from the Latics in 2014 and has since made 39 appearances, scoring six goals.

Gomez struggled to hold down a regular place in the Sunderland side and spent the second half of last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

He is now back in the Championship and back in the North West at Wigan.

The midfielder underwent a medical late yesterday and this morning put pen to paper on a year-long contract at the DW Stadium, with Gomez joining up with the rest of the squad in the build up to Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell said: "There have been rumours about this one all summer and we have had to work really hard to get him here within our budget.

"Football-wise, we all know what Jordi can do, and at 31 he is still at the peak of his abilities.

"His quality on the ball is second to none and he will be able to pass on his knowledge and experience on and off the fields to help the younger members of the squad.

"He adds great competition to the squad and we are delighted to have got him."

Gomez left for Sunderland in 2014 when his contract expired, after he won the Player of the Year award.

He first joined the club in 2009 from Espanyol and enjoyed five great seasons at the DW, including of course winning the FA Cup and playing in the Europa League.

In that spell he scored 28 goals in 162 appearances.

Sunderland also offloaded Liam Bridcutt this week, with the Scotland international joining Leeds United on a two-year deal.