Liam Bridcutt set for derby debut

Liam Bridcutt could be thrown straight into the heat of the Tyne-Wear derby barely 24 hours after completing his move to Sunderland.

The 24-year-old Scotland international became a Black Cat on Friday morning - weeks after the Wearside club first registered their interest in him - when he signed a three-and-a-half year contract to seal a deal understood to have cost his new employers in the region of £2.5m.

But with Lee Cattermole injured as Stoke made their move to take him to the Britannia Stadium on the final day of the January transfer window, Bridcutt could find himself thrust into the limelight at St James' Park on Saturday.

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