Sunderland Closing In On Heiko Westermann, Tie Up Deal For Belgian U21 ‘Keeper

Chris Wright

17th, June 2010

Chris Wright

Just keeping you up to date after a wee bit of to-ing and fro-ing in the Premier League this afternoon…

Firstly, Sunderland are close to completing the £6 million signing of Schalke’s German international defender Heiko Westermann.

Chairman Niall Quinn has flown out to Germany to wrap up the deal for the 26-year-old, who missed making his country’s World Cup squad due to injury, with the move set to be confirmed by the weekend.

One signing that The Black Cats have had rubber-stamped is that of 22-year-old ‘keeper Simon Mignolet from Belgian side Sint Truidense on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Belgian U21 stopper saw his stock rise last season after helping newly-promoted Truidense (his home-town club) secure a fifth-place finish in the Jupiler League – attracting interest from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in the process.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce told the club’s official website;

“Simon is an excellent young goalkeeper and he has a lot more to offer. I’m sure he will push our current goalkeepers all the way next season.”

I’m sorry that couldn’t be more exciting.