Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge was on his way to Wearside this morning as he closed in on a loan move to Sunderland.
Press Association Sport understands the 31-year-old former England international was due to undergo a medical as Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill attempts to bolster his injury-hit squad on the final day of the January transfer window.
O'Neill moved for the hugely experienced left-back after his defensive resources were further stretched by the loss of Wes Brown to a suspected medial ligament injury at the weekend.
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