Somewhat out of the blue, Sunderland have completed the signing of France international midfielder Yann M’Vila on a season-long deal from Russian side Rubin Kazan.
The 25-year-old, who spent time at Inter Milan last season before the loan was terminated four months early, becomes Dick Advocaat’s fifth signing of the summer window…
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 6, 2015
Well, there’s one we weren’t expecting. This would represent a top tier coup of a signing…five years ago. Don’t be fooled into thinking Sunderland are getting quite the same player in 2015.
Obviously, M’Vila’s career path has gone somewhat awry since he started making waves at Rennes in 2009/2010, but there’s still a decent player in there somewhere if he can keep his monster ego in check.
That’s a big ‘if’.