Sunderland have signed goalkeeper Vito Mannone from Arsenal on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The Italian’s arrival comes following former Black Cats’ first-choice shot-stopper Simon Mignolet joining Liverpool last Tuesday.
Mannone has been at the Emirates Stadium since 2005, going on to make 23 first-team appearances, with injuries to both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski leading to nine Premier League outings last season.
The 25-year-old also enjoyed two successful loan spells at Hull City during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns.
“I waited a long time for an opportunity like Sunderland, and for me it is a great one,” Mannone told the club’s official website.
“I’m very excited. I am here to work hard and to show what I can do.”
Mannone is manager Paolo Di Canio’s fourth summer signing following the arrivals of midfielder Cabral and defenders Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite on free transfers from Basel, Maritimo, and Lazio respectively on Monday.
Meanwhile, Velez right-back Gino Peruzzi is close to agreeing a move to Sunderland, accrding to the Argentine club’s vice-president, and AZ director of football Earnie Stewart exclusively revealed to Goal that Jozy Altidore was a target for the Black Cats.
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