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Traffic alert for Sunderland fans attending Doncaster friendly

Sunderland have issued a traffic warning to supporters attending the club's pre-season friendly against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday 29 July.

The match has a scheduled kick-off time of 7:45pm.

Kaboul completes Sunderland switch

French defender Younes Kaboul joins Sunderland on a four-year deal Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland have completed the signing of French defender Younes Kaboul from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 29-year-old joins the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee and has signed a four-year deal with the club.

Kaboul began his career with French side Auxerre before joining Spurs in 2007. He then moved to Portsmouth in 2008, before returning back to White Heart Lane in 2010.

Speaking on the club's official website, Kaboul said:

I’m delighted to be a Sunderland player and it’s an honour to join this club.

“I would like to thank Lee Congerton and the head coach for making this move possible and I can’t wait to start playing for the Sunderland supporters.

– Younes Kaboul, Sunderland AFC

Kaboul, who becomes Sunderland's fourth summer signing, has been capped five times for France.


Advocaat: 'I am delighted to sign a player of Jeremain’s quality'

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has said he is delighted to welcome new signing Jeremain Lens to Wearside.

He is a very well-known player in Europe and has played over 30 games for the Dutch national side, which shows his calibre.

He is fast and he has scored goals everywhere he has played so that will help the team.”

– Dick Advocaat
Credit: PA/Sunderland AFC

The 27-year-old has agreed a four year contract with the Black Cats for a reported fee of £8million.

Lens has previously played under Advocaat in Holland at PSV and AZ Alkmaa.

The Amsterdam-born forward has been capped 30 times by his native Holland, scoring eight goals.

Transfer news: Sunderland seal Jeremain Lens deal

Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland have announced the signing of Holland international Jeremain Lens on a four-year deal from Dynamo Kiev.

The Black Cats have reportedly paid a fee in the region of £8million for the Dutch international.

Lens will be reunited with Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat, having played under him in Holland.


Roy Keane cleared over 'road rage incident'

Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has been found not guilty of aggressively confronting a taxi driver in an alleged road rage incident.

Roy Keane leaves court after being cleared over the road-rage incident. Credit: PA

Keane denied allegations he had flicked a 'V' sign at taxi driver Fateh Kerar, who had accused the former footballer of swearing and staring as both parked up in Altrincham, Cheshire, in January this year.

The 43-year-old gave no reaction at Manchester Magistrates' Court as he was cleared of a charge of causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Kerar.

District Judge Duncan Birrell said there was something of the "thwarted fan" about Mr Kerar and Keane's lawyer described the whole incident as a "storm in a tea cup".

Dismissing the case against Keane, the judge said the evidence was "riddled with inconsistencies and improbabilities".

Sunderland and Newcastle fight for Dutch international

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley is facing a battle to make a summer transfer breakthrough after neighbours Sunderland entered the race to capture one of Steve McClaren's top targets.

It is understood that the Black Cats have made an offer in excess of £11million for PSV Eindhoven's highly-rated midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, a man identified by the Magpies' new head coach as a key acquisition following his appointment earlier this month.

Georginio Wijnaldum is wanted in the North East. Credit: PA

Sunderland counterpart Dick Advocaat himself is understood to have made contact with the Dutch club to register his interest in the 24-year-old Holland international, who scored 14 Eredivisie goals last season as PSV cruised to the title.

In the process, he has firmly thrown down the gauntlet to Newcastle and Charnley, who has been charged with the task of doing the deals by owner Mike Ashley after identifying targets in a series of meetings with McClaren and chief scout Graham Carr.


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