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Jan Kirchhoff leaves Bayern Munich to become Sunderland's first window signing

Published 07/01/2016 | 21:24

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has made Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff his first signing of the winter transfer window.

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The 25-year-old centre-back has agreed an 18-month deal for a fee understood to be in the region of £750,000.

Kirchhoff moved to Bayern from Mainz in 2013 and went on to spend two spells on loan with Bundesliga rivals Schalke.

Allardyce said: "He has good pedigree - he started playing first team football at 17 or 18 years old at Mainz and that he progressed to a club as big as Bayern Munich shows he has talent.

"He's frustrated at not being able to play a bigger part in Bayern's team in the time he's been there and he wants to experience the Premier League."

Although the 6ft 5ins Kirchhoff has played as a central defender for most of his career, he also showed his versatility by assuming a central midfield role during his time at Schalke.

The signing of Kirchhoff is a tiimely boost for Allardyce who experienced frustration in his respective interest in QPR's Steven Caulker and Lorient's Lamine Gassama.

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