Sunderland complete signing of French defender

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Sunderland’s defence let in a shocking 8 goals in their weekend away defeat to Southampton, today the club have announced a new player to hopefully bolster that back line.

Anthony Réveillère has been signed as a free agent until the end of the season, the experienced 34-year-old playing mainly as a right-back. Réveillère was released at the end of his Napoli contract last season, following a free move to Serie A and 13 appearances in the league. He won the Coppa Italia but didn’t secure a new deal so has been on the hunt for a new club since July.

Réveillère made his name at French club Lyon after joining the side in 2003. He started his career at Rennes, playing 140 league games for the club and with a short spell at Valencia he then broke into the Lyon first team, playing 286 Ligue 1 games. Réveillère won a lot of trophies with Lyon, 12 in all, including 5 league titles and 2 Coupe de Frances.

Réveillère was also a French international, travelling to the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012, earning 20 caps along the way. Sunderland will no doubt from the vast experience of Réveillère and he will be available for Gus Poyet to use against Arsenal this weekend.