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Mangane relishing Sunderland move

January 15, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

New Sunderland signing Kader Mangane has promised to give 100% while playing for his new club as manager Martin O'Neill hinted he has not concluded his January business.

Abdou Mangane
GettyImagesAbdou Mangane cannot wait to start his Sunderland career

Mangane, 29, joins the club on loan from Al-Hilal following time spent in France and Switzerland, with the former Rennes player already impressed by the facilities the Black Cats have to offer.

Speaking to the club's official website he said: "I'm happy to sign for Sunderland because I want to play in England and Sunderland have given me the chance to. The facilities are amazing and I'm looking forward to getting started. I've had a look around and met with some of the players - Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner. It's all very exciting. I'll give 100% for the team and show the fans how passionate I am about playing for the club."

Meanwhile manager Martin O'Neill, who concluded his second January signing with the capture of Mangane, said he would still like to add more new faces to his squad this window.

"On February 1, whatever you've got left, that's it and we're still short here on players," O'Neill told the Sunderland Echo. "Every side has had their injuries this season so we want to make some provisions for those things happening to us. They will be inevitable over the next few months.

"We've had loads of reports and seen loads of his [Mangane] games for Rennes. It would be untrue to say I've been tracking him for long, unlike Alfred [N'Diaye], who I've been monitoring all season.

"We need a bit of help, some short-term help. If there's somebody who you feel will do a job and improve the team for a couple of years, I've no problem with signing those players in January and paying extra for them. But you can also look for short-term loans for people who might want to prove a point. We're a bit short at centre-back. Wes [Brown] is still not fit and you're never sure about John [O'Shea]. You don't want to be short and the lad wanted to come."