Mannone joins Sunderland

  • Last Updated: July 4 2013, 21:12 BST

Sunderland have confirmed the arrival of Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Mannone: Signs for Sunderland
Mannone: Signs for Sunderland

The 25-year-old Italian has moved to the Stadium of Light for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £2million, and has signed a two-year contract.

He is expected to provide the back-up to Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood following Simon Mignolet's £9million switch to Liverpool.

Mannone follows Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore into the club with the Black Cats' summer recruitment drive showing little sign of abating.

He arrived at Arsenal as a 17-year-old from Italian side Atalanta and made 26 senior appearances for the club, including four in the Champions League last season.

A former Italy Under-21 international, Mannone has also had loan spells at Barnsley and Hull.


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