Wayne Bridge joins Sunderland from Man City until end of season

Wayne Bridge becomes Martin O'Neill's first signing as Sunderland boss as defender signs on loan for rest of season

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Wayne Bridge joined Manchester City in January 2009 Photo: sp3ccylad, via Flickr

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Sunderland have signed Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge on loan until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old England international becomes Martin O’Neill’s first signing as Sunderland manager and arrives at the Stadium of Light in time to be selected for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Norwich City.

O’Neill said: “I’m hoping that with Wayne’s undoubted experience and ability he can be a big help to the team until the end of the season. I’m very pleased to have him here and with the number of injuries we’ve sustained recently I’m sure he’ll be a great help to us.”

Bridge began his career at hometown club Southampton, making 173 appearances for the Saints before sealing a high-profile move to Claudio Ranieri’s Chelsea in July 2003.

After five-and-a-half years in west London, including a brief loan spell at Fulham, he joined Manchester City for a reported fee of £10m in January 2009 where he has amassed 58 appearances since.

The defender joined West Ham United on loan in January 2011, making 18 appearances for the Hammers before returning to Manchester at the end of the season.

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