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Jeremain Lens has completed his move from Sunderland to Besiktas.
The Dutch winger was always likely to leave following relegation from the Barclays Premier League and has been in Turkey in recent days to finalise the switch.
He arrived at the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2015 with high hopes but ended up with just 16 starts to his name and spent most of last season on loan at Fenerbahce.
The 29-year-old will continue to play his football in Istanbul after Besiktas agreed an undisclosed fee with the Black Cats.
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Sunderland AFC have completed the signings of winger Aiden McGeady from Everton and striker James Vaughan from Bury.
The duo’s arrival at the Stadium of Light takes Simon Grayson’s summer recruitments to four, with Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway arriving on Wearside last week.
31-year-old McGeady has penned a three-year deal on Wearside, while Vaughan has signed up for two years.
The pair are set to make their home debuts against McGeady’s former club Celtic, who take on the Black Cats on Saturday 29th July, in a showpiece game at the Stadium of Light to mark the 20th anniversary of its opening.
Sunderland football club have called little Bradley Lowery 'a true inspiration' in a statement released on their website.
They say their thoughts and prayers are with Bradley's parents and his family.
In the statement they describe Bradley's 'best mate' Jermain Defoe is 'naturally heartbroken'.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradley’s parents, Gemma and Carl, his brother Kieran and their family and friends. We extend our love and support to them, now and always.
Bradley captured the hearts and minds of everyone at our club with his indomitable spirit, tremendous courage and beautiful smile, which could light up even the darkest of rooms. Despite battling neuroblastoma for much of his all too short life, he demonstrated a bravery and fortitude beyond his years that humbled us all. He was truly an inspiration.
His heart-warming friendship with players and staff alike epitomised the impact this wonderful little boy had on everyone he met. He had a special relationship with Jermain Defoe and their feelings for each other were evident for all to see. Jermain, naturally, is heartbroken.
Bradley’s story not only touched our club and our fans, but also the wider football community. Football can be a powerful force for good and our sport came together to embrace Bradley’s fight in a unique way. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to every club and fan who supported Bradley in recent months and showed such warmth and kindness to the Lowery’s - we are truly grateful.
Throughout his illness, Bradley’s family and friends have worked tirelessly to increase awareness of this brutal disease. Their fundraising campaign, initially for Bradley’s treatment and subsequently to raise money for the foundation that will bear his name, will ensure that other youngsters and parents facing the devastation of life-threatening illnesses will have the help and support they so desperately need.
Bradley’s passing will have a profound effect on everyone and we understand that people will want to reach out to support the Lowery’s. We would kindly ask on their behalf however, that that they are given the privacy they need as a family at this most unimaginably difficult time. We will continue to support them in whatever way we can.
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