Fiorentina loan Sunderland defender

As expected, Fiorentina have completed the loan signing of Sunderland defender Modibo Diakitè.

Fiorentina have completed a loan move for Sunderland defender Modibo Diakitè after a successful conclusion to negotiations this morning.

The Viola have been looking for defensive reinforcements to solidify their back-line as they attempt to secure Champions League qualification.

A number of names had been suggested and there were reports that Manchester United man Nemanja Vidic was a target but his wage demands were too high.

And after a few days of talks, Sunderland have officially announced that Diakitè will be joining Fiorentina on loan.

Diakitè is a known entity to Fiorentina as he played extensively in Serie A for Lazio between 2006 and last June when he signed for Sunderland.

Standing at six foot four, Diakitè is a huge aerial presence and that could be an asset for Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella.

Diakitè never quite fitted in at Sunderland and has only made six appearances, so a loan switch to the Stadio Artemio Franchi was a logical solution.

He will return at the end of the season unless Fiorentina successfully negotiate a permanent deal with Sunderland.

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