Sunderland near Mensah swoop

Steve Bruce is eager to tie up a deal for the Ghana World Cup

captain, who was on loan from Lyon at the Stadium of Light last

term and made 18 appearances. Speculation has recently suggested

the Black Cats have been successful in their bid to secure a return

for the defender, but the club insist it is not a done deal just

yet. “A number of reports have been published suggesting Mensah has

already signed, but officials have revealed the deal has not yet

been completed,” said a report on the club’s official website. But

the club confirmed the deal “has almost been secured” and it is

believed a work permit now just needs to be secured. Mensah

returned to parent club Lyon following his stay at the Stadium of

Light and went on to earn plaudits as Ghana flew the flag for

Africa at the World Cup, eventually going out on penalties to

Uruguay in the quarter-finals.