Date: 6th January 2016 at 11:57am
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Sunderland are reportedly closing in on the permanent signing of Bayern Munich defender, Jan Kirchhoff.

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce is desperate to strengthen a defence that has conceded 39 goals in 20 Premier League games this term, the most in the division.

2nd October 2013 - UEFA Champions League (Group D) - Manchester City v Bayern Munich - Jan Kirchhoff of Bayern (L), Rafinha of Bayern (C) and Thomas Muller of Bayern (R) argue with referee Bjorn Kuipers after he showed the red card - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Kirchhoff (L) looks set to make the move to the Stadium of Light.

The Mackems manager has stepped up his interest in the the German champions’ centre-back in recent days, and a deal for the 25-year-old now looks to be close.

Kirchhoff has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Bayern, while also spending 18 months out on loan at Bundesliga outfit, Schalke.

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