FC Basel midfielder Adilson Cabral is set to join Sunderland, reports the Guardian.

Cabral's representative has told Swiss newspaper Blick he has signed a four-year contract. His contract is set to end at Basel meaning this will be a cheap transfer and could prove to be a coup.

The 24-year-old, who is originally from Cape Verde but has played for the Swiss under 18, 19, 20 and 21s, is eligible for the Swiss national side.

Cabral has played 152 times in all competitions for FC Basel. This season he's played 45 times in all competitions, including 10 Europa League games which saw Basel progress to the semi-final stage.

With Sunderland signing youngster Duncan Watmore, this will be their second singing of the summer but Cabral will be expected to play a lot more than Watmore, with the former Altrincham man going into the U21 set up at the Academy of Light.

A Sunderland spokesperson said: "We have not signed anyone", however the deal may not be officially announced until the transfer window opens on July 1 when Cabral's contract is up.

Cabral is a defensive-minded midfielder who will be a presence in the Sunderland midfield and fits into the new directive of transfers - to sign young keen players who want to work for the team and to help the club avoid the mistakes of last season - and to finish in a higher, more respectable position.


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