Martin O’Neill is securing a move for Abdou Kader Mangane, 29, a giant Senegalese centre-back from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.
According to The Sun, Mangane will arrive in the North East on loan for the remainder of the season, with the option to buy “dependent on performances”.
It seems O’Neill is looking to sure up his defence without splashing unnecessary quantities of cash in January and a loan move provides an opportunity to give a thorough examination of longer term targets.
The 6ft 5in defender has played for AFC Young Boys and French sides Lens and Rennes, but moved to the Saudi outfit Al-Hilal following a nasty incident that included a broken leg, a red card and a two month ban.
Mangane’s late tackle on Lacourt left him with a broken tibia and fibia in 2009. The incident caused Mangane to be subject to intense taunting that eventually led to him leaving French football. Hopefully there will be no such controversy for Mangane’s career in the Premier League, though it would be unfair to suggest that he has a habit of bad tackles or violent conduct, no one likes to see a double broken limb.
The well travelled and versatile Mangane can also play in a defensive midfield role and would therefore provide cover in several positions, adding height and strength to a struggling Sunderland side.