LuaLua in action during his time with Brighton & Hove Albion

Sunderland yesterday announced the signing of Kazenga LuaLua on a deal until the end of the season following his release by Brighton & Hove Albion.

LuaLua joined Brighton on loan in 2010 initially before finalising a permanent deal in 2011 where he represented the club 183 times scoring 22 times as the Seagulls made their way up from League One to the Premier League during his time on the South Coast.

Recently the 27-year-old spent two spells on loan with fellow Championship side Queens Park Rangers but his most recent spell was terminated at the start of December.

Coleman told the Sunderland club website: “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.”

LuaLua began his career at North East rivals Newcastle United, following in the footsteps of older brother Lomana LuaLua who represented the Magpies between 2000 and 2004, playing 88 games and scoring 9 goals.

The younger LuaLua played 15 times for Newcastle without scoring and had a short loan spell with Doncaster before joining Brighton.

Following his departure Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton told the club website: “he competition for places in our wide areas means that it has been very difficult for Kazenga to play the number of matches he would have liked here.

“He has worked tremendously hard during his time with us and has played a major part in the club’s history. I would like to wish him all the very best for the future on behalf of everyone at the club.”

LuaLua will be hoping to make his debut in Tuesday’s Championship match against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.