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Bordeaux agree sale of Wahbi Khazri to Sunderland

Sunderland are set to sign midfielder Wahbi Khazri from French Ligue 1 club FC Girondins de Bordeaux. He is reportedly being sold for a fee in the region of £9m.

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Sunderland confirm Kone capture

Lamine Kone in action for Lorient against Guingamp in Ligue 1 Credit: Icon Sport/MB Media/Press Association Images

Sunderland have confirmed the signing of Ivorian defender Lamine Kone from French side FC Lorient.

The 26-year-old has joined the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee, on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

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Sunderland fight back to draw with Bournemouth

Sunderland drew 1-1 against Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light, as Patrick van Aanholt scored for the second game in a row.

The visitors went ahead after 13 minutes, thanks to Benik Afobe's header, before full back van Aanholt smashed home the equaliser in first-half injury time.

Patrick Van Aanholt's goal secured a point in Sunderland's battle against relegation. Credit: PA

Both teams had good chances to secure victory in the second period, but the draw leaves Sunderland 19th in the Premier League table, three points from safety.

Sam Allardyce says Mannone is first choice goalkeeper

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told Vito Mannone he remains his first-choice goalkeeper despite the emergence of young prospect Jordan Pickford.

Pickford, 21, made his senior debut for the club in their 3-1 FA Cup third-round defeat at Arsenal on January 9 and did so well he retained his trip for last weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham.

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Allardyce believes he has a potential star of the future on his hands in the England Under-21 international, but Pickford will have to bide his time as he attempts to establish himself as the club's number one goalkeeper.

Allardyce also revealed on Thursday afternoon that he would like to add "perhaps another defender and another attacking player" to his squad following the captures of Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff and Trabzonspor striker Dame N'Doye.

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Blackburn loan Sunderland striker Graham

Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham Credit: rovers.co.uk

Blackburn Rovers have completed a loan deal for Sunderland striker Danny Graham.

The 30-year-old will spend the rest of the current season with the Championship club. But with his Sunderland contract due to expire in the summer, the move will effectively bring to an end Graham's time on Wearside.

Speaking about the move, Graham told Blackburn's official website:

It’s been a mad 24 hours. I was training with Sunderland yesterday morning and then I came down here last night to get things sorted, so I’m delighted to get it done.

– Danny Graham, Blackburn Rovers

Gateshead-born, Graham began his career with Middlesbrough and had loan spells at Darlington, Derby County, Leeds United, Blackpool and Carlisle United.

Graham then joined Carlisle on a permanent basis in 2007, until he was signed by Watford in 2009.

He then moved to Swansea City for £3.5 million in 2011, before joining Sunderland in January 2013 for around £5 million on a three-and-a-half year deal.

However, he was largely a peripheral figure at the Stadium of Light, scoring just one goal in less than 30 appearances for the Black Cats. During his time with Sunderland he also had further loan spells with Hull City, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sunderland keeper makes permanent move to Watford

Costel Pantilimon Credit: PA

Sunderland AFC has confirmed that goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has joined Watford for an undisclosed fee.

The Romanian international moved to Sunderland in July 2014 from Manchester City and made 49 appearances for the Black Cats during his time at the club.

Sunderland AFC have thanked Costel and say they wish him the very best for the future at his new club.

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