Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

The Rock of Gibraltar goes to Sunderland on loan

The Rock of Gibraltar goes to Sunderland on loan

Sunderland have completed the season long loan signing of John Mensah from Lyon.

Earlier today it was reported that the Ghanaian international had received his work permit ahead of the move. Sunderland have been waiting for over a week for the formalities to be completed.

Mensah, nicknamed the "Rock of Gibraltar", adds some real quality to the side. Lorik Cana, who had faced the defender on a number of occasions during their time in the French league, http://www.sunderland.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=166865 last week, before it was even complete and Bruce has had a long term interest in the player.

Bruce said: 'I`m a huge admirer of John having seen him play on a number of occasions. He`s a solid, uncompromising defender who adds that extra steel and physical presence that I believe is essential to have in the top flight.

"John is also very experienced at international level, having represented Ghana alongside the likes of Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Stephen Appiah, he`s also vice-captain of the side. To be a leader in such a big, strong squad speaks volumes about the lad`s character so I`m delighted to have added him to our back line."

Mensah is Bruce`s sixth signing so far this summer and is the first of what looks like a flurry of moves prior to the transfer deadline, although the majority of moves will be players leaving the club. It is a strange situation for Sunderland fans, however, as we`re used to seeing an overhaul of the squad after a relegation and not when we`re trying to move up the league.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Jimmy Coverdale
Date:Friday August 28 2009
Time: 9:30PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

No More Quarter Final Replays For Sunderland

Should Sunderland progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

What Did Sunderland Earn In 2015/16

With the 2015-16 season behind us, the final television allocation money based on league positions have been confirmed.

Danny Graham Is A Celtic Target.

There are reports out today that say that Danny Graham is a target for new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

Sunderland Would Need To Break Records To Land Ayew

If Sam Allardyce wants to sign Swansea City winger Andre Ayew then the club will have to dig deep into the coffers.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Would you like to see DeAndre Yedlin back on a permanent move next season?
Suggested By:
Yes please.97%
No thank you.3%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Gonad Features25
2.Dirty Dave3
3.Book Thief3
4.acid man3
5.99892