Sunderland sign former Liverpool man Kyrgiakos

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SUNDERLAND have landed former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos on loan until the end of the season.

Kyrgiakos arrives from Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg, with the 32-year-old set to provide cover for Sunderland's injury-hit defence.

The Black Cats are without the injured Wes Brown, Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon, with the Greek international providing a wealth of experience at centre-half.

Kyrgiakos made 30 appearances during two seasons at Liverpool and has been capped 60 times by his country.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill said: “Sotirios offers a real physical presence, coupled with a wealth of experience, which will be an undoubted benefit to us in the next few months.

"I’m delighted to welcome him to the club and I’m sure he is looking forward to the challenge of returning to the Premier League.”

Kyrgiakos is Sunderland's second acquisition of deadline day after the Black Cats agreed a loan deal with Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge.