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Sunderland chief Walton thanks Premier League over Benjani deal

Sunderland chief Steve Walton has thanked the Premier League for being flexible over their capture of Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwari.

Benjani finally signed for City 24 hours after the fall of the Premiership transfer deadline.

Walton told safc.com: "It has been well documented that we had horrendous problems with our communications network yesterday.

"We sent The Premier League and FA documentation showing the issues, which they reviewed and agreed that everything was in order.

"We would like to sincerely thank them for their consideration and we are delighted that we have been able to finalise this deal."

He added: "I'd also like to thank our club secretary and legal director Margaret Byrne, who has been instrumental in helping the club complete its transfer business in the window."

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