Sunderland complete signing of Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea

A BLUE, A LATIC, NOW A CAT: Patrick Van Aanholt (right) pictured in action for Wigan Athletic
A BLUE, A LATIC, NOW A CAT: Patrick Van Aanholt (right) pictured in action for Wigan Athletic

SUNDERLAND have completed the signing of Chelsea left-back Patrick van Aanholt.

The Black Cats have finally ended their summer-long search for a new left-back by completing a deal for van Aanholt for an undisclosed fee.

The Dutch international has penned a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and becomes Sunderland’s fourth signing this summer after Bosman arrivals Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones and Jordi Gomez.

Van Aanholt will now link up with Gus Poyet’s men in Portugal at their pre-season training camp in the Algarve.

Sunderland lost both their left-backs at the end of last season - loanee Marcos Alonso and out-of-contract Andrea Dossena - and after Jones signed, he became the only recognised full-back in the squad.

Poyet has been eager to re-sign Alonso on a permanent basis, but with negotiations with Italian side Fiorentina dragging on, Sunderland approached Chelsea for van Aanholt instead.

The 23-year-old was keen to leave Stamford Bridge this summer as he entered the final 12 months of his contract after spending the last two-and-a-half years on loan with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.