Ghanaian defender John Mensah has told Ghanasoccernet that he will arrive in England on Tuesday to complete his switch to Sunderland. The 26-year-old, who plays for French club Lyon, has now acquired the visa to enable him travel to England for a medical. He will sign the one-season loan deal if he is successful before watching Sunderland take on Chelsea at the Stadium of Light in a Premier League clash later in the evening.
Mensah told Ghanasoccernet: “Thankfully I have acquired the UK visa. I will go to England today God willing to complete the move to Sunderland.” Sunderland are expected to complete the season-long loan deal with an option of a permanent deal for about Ł6 million. “The deal is 100 per cent complete now and it will go through on Monday,” Fabian Piveteau, the player’s agent, said.
“It’s John’s dream to play in England and he has been impressed with Sunderland.” The Black Cats manager confirmed today that he is close to agreeing a deal to bring the player to the Stadium of Light for the season. Bruce said: "It's fair to say that we are close to agreeing a deal. I'll hopefully know more in the next 24-48 hours, but we hope so." Bruce is still on the look out for defensive reinforcements with Paraguay international Paulo Da Silva yet to reach full match fitness after missing all of pre-season because of administrative problems with his switch to English football.
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