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Kaboul and Lens to make league debuts for Sunderland

Lee Cattermole will wear the captain's armband for Sunderland this afternoon as they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Summer signings Younes Kaboul and Jeremain Lens will make their Premier League debut when the Black Cats against the Foxes kick-off at 3pm.

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Sunderland complete M'Vila loan deal

Sunderland have announced the signing of Yann M'Vila on a season-long loan Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland have completed the signing of French midfielder Yann M'Vila on a season-long loan from Russian side Rubin Kazan.

The 25-year-old, who has been capped 22 times for France, becomes Dick Advocaat's fifth summer signing at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland also have the option of signing M'Vila on a permanent deal at the end of his loan period.

Speaking on the club's official website, M'Vila said:

I'm very happy to be a Sunderland player. I had a very good feeling training with the team. Every player welcomed me and the feeling was very good with them so I'm excited for the start of the season.

I've also wanted to play in the Barclays Premier League for a long time so I'm very happy to be here.

– Yann M'Vila, Sunderland AFC

M'Vila began his career with French club Rennes, before making the switch to Rubin Kazan in January 2013. He also spent the first half of last season on loan at Italian side Inter Milan.

Transfer news: Connor Wickham leaves Sunderland

Crystal Palace have signed striker Connor Wickham on a five-year contract from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old scored 15 goals and played a crucial role in their Premier League survival during the 2013/14 season.

He moved to Wearside in 2011 for a fee of £8 million.

WATCH: Jeremain Lens' first goal for Sunderland

A stunning 20-yard strike from Jeremain Lens’ has ended Sunderland's pre-season on a high.

The 27-year-old Dutch international guided home the match winner at 74-minutes to give the Black Cats a 1-0 win over Hannover 96 this weekend.

  • Video credit: Hannover 96

Sunderland start their Premier League campaign against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday August 8th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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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.

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