Sunderland sign Man City goalkeeper

DONE DEAL ... Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon.

DONE DEAL ... Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon.

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SUNDERLAND have announced the signing of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon on a free transfer.

Pantilimon – who will formally become a Sunderland player on July 1 when his Manchester City deal expires – has agreed a four-year deal with the Black Cats.

The 27-year-old said: “It is a great privilege and honour to join a club like Sunderland.

“They have an amazing history and tradition and of course passionate fans.

“When I left Manchester City, it was important that I chose a club with good ambition and a head coach (Gus Poyet) who has the hunger and desire to take the team forward.

“After speaking with the boss, I knew this was the right place and he was the right man. I can’t wait to start.”

Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton said: “Competition for places is healthy and brings out the best in players.

“We already have a great goalkeeper in Vito Manonne, and another one now in Costel.

“Add to this youngster Jordan Pickford – who recently signed a long-term deal – and we have a very strong stable of goalkeepers, which is vitally important in the top flight.”

Pantilimon, the club’s third summer signing, follows Billy Jones and Jordi Gomez to the Stadium of Light.