Saturday 18 November 2017

Bridge at Sunderland

Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge was on his way to Wearside this morning as he closed in on a loan move to Sunderland.

The 31-year-old former England international was due to undergo a medical as Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill attempts to bolster his injury-hit squad on the final day of the January transfer window.

O'Neill moved for the hugely experienced left-back after his defensive resources were further stretched by the loss of Wes Brown to a suspected medial ligament injury at the weekend.

O'Neill is set to increase his interest in Bolton striker Kevin Davies despite the Trotters flatly rejecting an initial offer made by the Black Cats yesterday.

Kevin De Bruyne was set to undergo a medical prior to a reported £6.7million move from Genk to Chelsea -- although part of the deal is that De Bruyne will be loaned back to the Belgian club for the rest of the season.

O'Neill said: "We have made an offer to Bolton for him, and that has been rejected at the moment."

Queen's Park Rangers have completed the loan signing of Nancy midfielder Samba Diakite and more could come to Loftus Road, with boss Mark Hughes admitting: "We are hopeful of doing a little bit more before the window closes."

Reports in Germany suggest Borussia Dortmund are preparing to sell Lucas Barrios to Fulham, but a more likely move for the Cottagers is Stuttgart's Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who is reportedly in London to finalise a move. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has confirmed he does not expect to do any deadline day business, while Mick McCarthy has reiterated Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is not for sale.

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