Sunderland agree deal for ex-Everton defender Bainbridge

Amari Morgan-Smith of Cheltenham Town is tackled by Jack Bainbridge of Everton during the EFL Checkatrade Trophy match between Cheltenham Town and Everton at Whaddon Road on October 4,...

HITC Sport understands Sunderland have agreed a deal for former Everton defender Jack Bainbridge.

Amari Morgan-Smith of Cheltenham Town is tackled by Jack Bainbridge of Everton during the EFL Checkatrade Trophy match between Cheltenham Town and Everton at Whaddon Road on October 4,...

Sunderland have signed former Everton and Swansea defender Jack Bainbridge on a free transfer, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Bainbridge joined Swansea last summer on a one-year deal after leaving Everton following five years at Goodison Park.

Bainbridge came through the ranks at Everton and played for the club's Under-18s and Under-23s during his time at Goodison Park, but never broke into the first-team.

General views of the Stadium of Light on December 6, 2011 in Sunderland, England.

The talented central defender made just two appearances for Swansea's Under-23s side last season, but failed to feature in the first-team.

The 20-year-old has now opted to leave Swansea following the expiration of his contract and he has linked up with Sunderland.

General view outside the stadium during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on October 1, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

A number of Football League clubs have expressed an interest in Bainbridge, but Sunderland have moved quickly to offer him a move to the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland boss Jack Ross sees Bainbridge as a potential star in the making and he has offered a two-year deal to make the move to Wearside.

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