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Malbranque signs for Black Cats

Steed Malbranque has been confirmed as Sunderland's third signing from Tottenham this summer but Younes Kaboul has indicated he is ready to turn down a move to the Stadium of Light.

Roy Keane has already brought full-back Pascal Chimbonda and midfielder Teemu Tainio from White Hart Lane to Wearside - and the Sunderland boss has now persuaded Frenchman Malbranque to agreed a four-year deal.

Malbranque was a regular with Spurs under Juande Ramos last season but was a right-footer playing on the left side of midfield, and a bid was accepted for him which indicated the 28-year-old was not central to the Spaniard's plans.

Keane has also had an offer accepted for centre-back Kaboul, who endured a frustrating first season at Spurs after arriving from Auxerre.

Kaboul has also attracted interest from Aston Villa and Portsmouth and his agent has suggested that Pompey would be the youngster's preferred destination, which would leave Keane continuing to look for a centre-back.

Keane has also signed forward El-Hadji Diouf from Bolton as he changes the look of his side that finished 15th in the Barclays Premier League last season.

• Kieran Richardson struck a superb winner as Sunderland overcame Nottingham Forest 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at the City Ground.

The former Manchester United midfielder fired into the top corner with 19 minutes remaining after good work from Anthony Stokes.

Sunderland handed debuts to new signings El-Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda while Teemu Tainio was given a second run-out since his move from Tottenham.

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