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Sunderland close to deal for Celtic's Balde

Celtic defender Bobo Balde is close to completing a move to join Sunderland, says The Guardian.

While Balde’s wage demands - understood to be in the region of £27,000-a-week - were thought to be a stumbling block, Roy Keane is desperate to further strengthen his defence ahead of the new season following the signing of Pascal Chimbonda.

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