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Danny Welbeck secures Sunderland loan switch

Danny Welbeck
Welbeck celebrates his Carling Cup goal against Wolves

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan switch.

The 19-year-old England Under-21 player made his United first-team debut in September 2008 and played in the 2009 Carling Cup final.

"He's a young man but he'll fit into our squad fantastically well," said Sunderland boss Steve Bruce.

Last season Welbeck featured in the Champions League against Besiktas before joining Preston on loan.

But after two goals in his first three games, a knee injury brought a premature end to his time at Deepdale.

His arrival comes after Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones left Sunderland for Stoke, but Bruce insisted Welbeck was not a straight replacement for Jones.

"It would be unfair to say that he is the replacement," he said.

"There's still a couple of weeks to go in the market and hopefully the money is there to go and spend it."


The Sunderland boss also hinted that he could move for Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy, who is believed to be surplus to requirements at Eastlands.

"There's a lot of clubs who would love Craig Bellamy. He's an individual and he's a fantastic player but whether it's possible, I'm not quite sure," Bruce said.

"I've been a big admirer of Craig's for a long, long time. If he's available, which it looks like he is, and if we could afford him, then I would love to bring Craig to the football club."

Meanwhile, Bruce has named midfielder Lee Cattermole as Sunderland's new team captain following the departure of Lorik Cana this summer.

"Lee epitomises everything a manager looks for in a team captain," Bruce told the club's website.

"He always shows passion, pride and commitment to the cause, and never gives up. Lee shows the kind of 100% effort which Sunderland fans expect and are entitled to."

Sunderland have also appointed veteran midfielder Boudewijn Zenden as club skipper, with Bruce paying tribute to the impact the Dutchman has had on the club.

"Bolo has been a huge influence in the dressing room since he arrived, often acting as a link between the management and the players," Bruce said.

"Bolo is a fantastic mentor for our younger players."

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see also
Sunderland sign Onuoha and Mensah
11 Aug 10 |  Sunderland
Stoke sign Jones for record 8m
12 Aug 10 |  Stoke
Preston wait on Welbeck decision
05 May 10 |  Preston

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