Bruce clinches Muntari loan

Sulley Muntari

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce today finally made a transfer breakthrough when he secured Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari on loan for the rest of the season. The 26-year-old Ghana international, who left Portsmouth for Inter in a 16 Euros move in July 2008, will join compatriots John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan at the Stadium of Light. “Sulley is a fabulous acquisition for the club,” Bruce said. “When the opportunity arises to bring in a player of his ability – even in the short term you have to take it, and I’m delighted that we have been able to. His adaptability is a great asset.  “He did extremely well at Portsmouth so he knows the Premier League well and you have to be some player to move to Inter Milan for the fee that he did. He’s a great addition. If you’d said to me six months ago we would be looking at Sulley Muntari, who had won the Champions League, I would have said ‘not a chance’. To bring him in now can only give the club a lift.” Muntari has slipped in the pecking order at Inter after playing a key role under former boss Jose Mourinho. Sunderland have taken advantage of that to snap up a player they have been trailing for some time. Bruce admitted his interest in the Ghanaian and Paris St Germain’s Stephane Sessegnon before Darren Bent stunned the Black Cats before handing in the transfer request which ultimately led to his departure for Aston Villa. The club now hope to push home their interest in Sessegnon after days of difficult negotiations, but the manager will be relieved to have finally got at least one of his transfer targets. Meanwhile, Sunderland have given Spanish side Real Zaragoza permission to talk to Paraguay international defender Paulo da Silva over a move to La Liga.

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