Sunderland have completed the signing of highly-rated 19-year-old defender Dennis Cirkin from Tottenham Hotspur. Cirkin has moved to Wearside on a permanent deal and becomes head coach Lee Johnson’s fourth summer signing. He moves to the Stadium of Light for an undisclosed fee.
Dennis Cirkin Moves to Sunderland From Spurs
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Sunderland Finally Sign a Full-Back Following Summer Long Search
Cirkin is a highly-rated left-back who is an England U19 international. He failed to make a first-team appearance at White Hart Lane but did make it to the bench on five occasions.
Sunderland had been looking for full-backs all summer following the departure of several players and the uncertainty over the future of Denver Hume, who is yet to sign a new deal following the expiring of his previous contract.
The Black Cats had reportedly agreed on a deal to sign Liverpool full-back Tony Gallacher early this transfer window. However, the deal broke down just as it appeared that the deal was done.
New Signing Delighted to be at the Club
Speaking to safc.com, Sunderland’s new signing said: “I’m delighted to be here. As soon as I got interest from Sunderland, it was a no-brainer – the fans, the stadium, the history – and I just thought the club was perfect for me. I feel like the head coach has a very good track record with young players and I feel like this is a place that I can progress and develop in my career.”
Who is Dennis Cirkin?
Born in Ireland, Cirkin moved to England aged three. He is a product of the Spurs academy and quickly moved through the age groups at the Tottenham academy. Often playing in age groups above his own, his work rate and crossing ability impressing all at the club.
Former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was a fan, promoting the youngster to the first team to train and include him in several squads. Speaking about Cirkin, Mourinho said: “OK, he’s 17, but he’s a kid with a lot of quality, and I look forward to bringing him to train with us and to help his development.”