Transfer news: Sunderland flop Cabral moves to Genoa after just one Black Cats appearance

After poor spell in the North East, Swiss midfielder moves to Italy

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Sunderland have offloaded Cabral to Serie A side Cabral after the former Basel midfielder made just one appearance since signing under Paolo Di Canio.

The former Swiss Under-21 international signed for the Black Cats in the summer but failed to break into either Di Canio's or new manager Gus Poyet's plans at the Stadium of Light.

A loan deal to Genoa has now been agreed and the 25-year-old is excited to have moved away.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia he said: "I am here to help Genoa and to play.

"Last year I've played in the Europa League and playing in that tournament again is my aim and I want to help Genoa make that."

Genoa currently sit ninth in the Italian first tier but harbour hopes of qualifying for the continental competition..

Upon Cabral's departure, Poyet said: "It was difficult for him to play - sometimes there is not a clear reason but there are other players in his position and we were looking for special things and he didn't work, for me at least.

"Now he's got a very good opportunity to play in Italy with a very good club and I hope everything goes well for him."