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BREAKING NEWS: Black Cats bag Bayern centre back Jan Kirchhoff

| 08.01.2016

Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | January 7, 2016

Sunderland, 3/1 chances with Coral to be stay up in the Premier League this season, have announced the signing of centre back Jan Kirchhoff from Bayern Munich for a reported £750K fee.

“Jan has a very good pedigree and even though he is still relatively young he has experience of football at the highest level, including the UEFA Champions League,” boss Sam Allardyce said.

“He has real versatility as a player, being comfortable in both the centre back and midfield roles.

“He is desperately keen to experience the Premier League and our job now is to do everything we can to help him settle and adapt quickly to life in English football, so he can have a positive impact on our squad.”

The giant German, who is 6ft 5in, joins after failing to break into Bayern’s first team since signing from Mainz in 2013 and, at 25, has many years ahead of him.

Kirchhoff most recently had a spell with Schalke on loan, who he featured 18 times for last term, and was touted as a highly promising defenders only a few seasons ago.

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Uncapped for Germany’s senior side, Kirchoff has played for their youth teams, and his experience with Schalke in the Bundesliga and Champions League would help out the struggling Sunderland team.

The Black Cats currently sit down in 19th in the Premier League table and four points from safety, but recently ended a run of five straight defeats by beating Aston Villa.

Kirchhoff’s arrival certainly bolsters Sunderland’s backline, though he will go up against the likes of Younes Kaboul, John O’Shea, Wes Brown and fellow giant Sebastian Coates for a starting place.


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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.