Fraizer Campbell leaves Sunderland for Cardiff City

NO INJURY FEARS ... striker Fraizer Campbell.
NO INJURY FEARS ... striker Fraizer Campbell.

SUNDERLAND striker Fraizer Campbell has completed his move to Championship outfit Cardiff City.

Campbell has penned a three-and-a-half year contract with the promotion-chasing Bluebirds for an undisclosed fee, although Sunderland are thought to have received in excess of £600,000 for the 25-year-old.

The former Manchester United man had less than six months remaining on his deal at the Stadium of Light and with little chance of a new contract, Sunderland have opted to cash in on the striker, with Cardiff prepared to match his lucrative wages on Wearside.

Campbell, who arrived at Sunderland in the summer of 2009, saw his career put on hold for 17 months after injuring cruciate knee ligaments in August 2010 before suffering a relapse the following August.

When he did return to first-team action last January, he made an instant impression with goals in his first two games and then earning a surprise call-up to the England squad under caretaker boss Stuart Pearce.

But Campbell subsequently struggled and after starting the opening game of this season at Arsenal, has been limited to a substitute’s role ever since – grabbing his only goal in December’s defeat at Manchester United.

Campbell’s departure, coupled with the exit of Louis Saha, leaves Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill with just three available strikers in Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Stephane Sessegnon.

But O’Neill is eager to add to his attacking ranks before the end of the transfer window, with Swansea’s Danny Graham the main target for the Black Cats.