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Chimbonda signs up for Sunderland

Pascal Chimbonda
Frenchman Chimbonda began his Premier League career with Wigan

Sunderland boss Roy Keane has continued to strengthen his squad ahead of the new Premier League season by signing defender Pascal Chimbonda from Spurs.

The 29-year-old French full-back has agreed a three-year contract after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

"He has a lot of Premier League experience which can only be a plus for us," said a delighted Keane.

"He'll give us more options at the back, creating more competition for places. It's a fantastic signing."

Chimbonda is the second Spurs player to move to Wearside following Teemu Tainio's switch three days ago.

606: DEBATE

Keane is also thought to be interested in Younes Kaboul and Steed Malbranque.

Chimbonda began his Premier League career with Wigan before joining Tottenham in a 4.5m deal in August 2006.

However, he incurred the wrath of many Spurs fans when he reacted angrily to being substituted during the club's Carling Cup final win over Chelsea.

The Frenchman walked straight down the tunnel at Wembley, without acknowledging manager Juande Ramos or his replacement.

Chimbonda also caused controversy at his previous club Wigan when he handed in a transfer request in the dressing room after the Latics' final game of the season.

He has been capped once by France, in 2006.


see also
Sunderland snap up Irish teenager
25 Jul 08 |  Sunderland
Sunderland sign up veteran Colgan
24 Jul 08 |  Sunderland
Sunderland sign versatile Tainio
23 Jul 08 |  Sunderland


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