Sunderland AFC news: £2m signing on the move, Emmanuel Eboue chance, Tyne-Wear derby focus

The exit of Sunderland £2million summer signing Adam Matthews is making the news today.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 10:16 am
Updated Monday, 7th March 2016, 10:51 am
Younes Kaboul
Younes Kaboul

Right-back Matthews has joined Championship side Bristol City on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent switch next summer.

The Welsh international hasn't made a first-team appearance since August and City boss Lee Johnson hopes to get the defender's career back on track.

"Adam Matthews has lost his way a bit since going to Sunderland, but not long ago he was marking (Lionel) Messi for Celtic," said Johnson.

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Matthews' exit has been sanctioned by Sunderland due to the imminent arrival of Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Eboue's capture is due to be confirmed by Sunderland after the ex-Arsenal right-back has spent almost a month training with the Black Cats.

The 32-year-old could feature for the Under-21s against Everton at the Stadium of Light tonight (kick-off 7.45pm) as he further boosts his match-fitness.

Several first-teamers could also feature, with Sunderland now without a game for a fortnight before they return to Premier League action in the Tyne-Wear derby.

That St James's Park clash looks ever-more crucial for two clubs in the thick of the relegation dogfight and Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul admits it's a defining encounter for the Black Cats.

“There’s some important games left and the one coming is the most important for the fans, and for us also," said Kaboul.