MARTIN O’NEILL has revealed Sunderland are on the verge of sealing a deal for 6ft 5in defender Kader Mangane.
The Senegalese centre-half arrived in the North East yesterday and after productive talks, the 29-year-old is set to be confirmed as Sunderland’s second acquisition of the January window.
Mangane will arrive on loan until the end of the season from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
Sunderland are still waiting for the formalities to be confirmed, but the ex-Rennes man, linked with West Ham and Arsenal last summer, will follow Alfred N’Diaye as a January arrival at the Stadium of Light.
O’Neill said today: “ He’s here and we’re hoping to have that completed. It’s nearly there.
“He wants to do it and wants to come and prove himself.
“We’re pleased to have him.
“He’ll add a bit of competition for places because we don’t want to leave ourselves short of February 1.
“He’s a biggish lad and pretty competitive. I think he wants to really have a go.”
Mangane will not be eligible for tomorrow’s FA Cup third round replay against Bolton, but is likely to be available for Saturday’s trip to Wigan.