Sunderland complete signing of defender from Bayern Munich

Sunderland have completed the signing of Bayern Munich ace Jan Kirchhoff, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

Kirchhoff was heavily linked with a move to the Stadium of Light the past week, and the Black Cats quickly sealed an 18-month deal in the region of £750,000.

The 25-year-old centre-back left Mainz for Bayern in the summer of 2013, but has failed to break into the first-team with the likes of Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez ahead of him in the pecking order.

This saw Kirchhoff sent on loan to FC Schalke on two occasions, but the German was keen on playing in the English top flight after just one appearance for the Bundesliga champions this term.

And Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was extremely happy with his capture, as the Wearside club have the worst defensive record so far in the Premier League.

Big Sam said: “He has good pedigree – he started playing first team football at 17 or 18 years old at Mainz and that he progressed to a club as big as Bayern Munich shows he has talent.

“He’s frustrated at not being able to play a bigger part in Bayern’s team in the time he’s been there and he wants to experience the Premier League.

“He is still relatively young he has experience of football at the highest level, including the UEFA Champions League.

“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.”

Sunderland’s next game will be against Arsenal in an FA Cup fixture this weekend.