Sunderland swoop for Republic of Ireland defender Marc Wilson from Bournemouth

Marc Wilson
Marc Wilson

Sunderland have completed the signing of Bournemouth defender Marc Wilson on a deal until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old Irishman has signed a permanent deal, arriving on a free from AFC Bournemouth.

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson had identified Wilson as a target soon after taking charge at the Stadium of Light and the club made a deadline day move for the defender, who can also play in midfield.

He has more than 180 Premier League appearances to his name – the bulk of which came during nearly six years with Stoke City.

Wilson is an international team-mate of John O’Shea, Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson, having debuted for the Republic of Ireland in 2011.

He has earned 25 caps for the Republic so far, scoring once.