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.