Belfast Telegraph

Lewis Grabban joins Sunderland on season-long loan

Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban has joined Sky Bet Championship side Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.

Grabban, who has scored 36 goals during two spells at the Vitality Stadium, has decided to drop down to the Championship to join a side relegated from the Premier League last season.

The 29-year-old has also played for Norwich, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Brentford and Rotherham.

After helping the Cherries achieve promotion to the Championship he moved to Norwich in 2014 before returning to Bournemouth 18 months ago.

He was on loan at Reading last season where he scored three goals in 15 appearances, including playing in the play-off final where the Royals lost on penalties to Huddersfield.

Sunderland later announced the arrival of g oalkeeper Jason Steele on a four-year contract.

The 26-year-old joins from Blackburn for an undisclosed fee having made over 100 appearances for Rovers during a three-year stay at Ewood Park.

Steele, who started his career at Middlesbrough, told Sunderland's official website: "I'm absolutely over the moon. It's a dream come true to sign for such a massive club.

"My family are pretty much split between the three north east clubs, so I spent my childhood watching them all and I remember coming to the Stadium of Light with my uncle and cousin.

"I've got a lot of experience and played a lot of games - most of which are in the same league - and that's probably one of the reasons why the gaffer has signed me.

"Hopefully I can help the team and I'm sure we'll have a good season. I just want to work hard, try my best and help the team push on."


From Belfast Telegraph