FORMER Newcastle United youngster Kazenga LuaLua has completed a move to Sunderland.

LuaLua spent today on Wearside and passed a medical ahead of signing a short term deal until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at Brighton at the end of the season and has been allowed to leave now for nothing, with the deal having suited all parties. 

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And Sunderland, after reaching an agreement with the Seagulls, are hoping he can prove his fitness in time to compete for a place at Birmingham on Tuesday. 

LuaLua had been on loan at Queens Park Rangers for the first half of the season but that was cut short by mutual consent in December. 

It was the second loan spell at Loftus Road in as many seasons but he was allowed to return early to Brighton after failing to command a regular place in the Championship side.

LuaLua, the brother of Lomana, moved to Brighton in 2011 after starting his career with Newcastle. He brings an extra option in attack to Sunderland, with Chris Coleman desperate for new faces to boost the fight for survival. 

Speaking about the signing, Sunderland manager Chris Coleman said: “Kaz was determined to come here and get playing first-team football again and I look forward to helping him play the kind of football he is capable of. 

“He’s quick, skillful and has a lot of experience at this level. He gives us another option in attack and, most importantly, is up for the fight.”