Sunderland looking to sign Mannone

Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio is close to bringing Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone to the Stadium of Light, reports the Sunderland Echo, with the Italian likely to cost around £2m.

Sunderland are in the market for a new ‘keeper after the departure of Simon Mignolet, first-choice for three seasons, to Liverpool. Kieren Westwood is now currently the only senior custodian at the club.

The Sunderland team reports back for pre-season training on Wednesday, and Di Canio hopes to make Mannone his fourth confirmed signing in a matter of days by then, with the arrivals of Cabral, Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge having been formally announced on Monday.

Mannone has never established himself in the Arsenal first-team since joining in 2005 at the age of 17, largely playing second fiddle to others, including Manuel Almunia and Wojciech Szczesny.

After making only 25 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side, there is likely to be a better chance of first-team football, although it appears that he will be likely to act as back-up to Westwood, who will be given the chance to prove himself.

Sunderland expect to complete the move fairly quickly, with personal terms expected to be agreed, after having an offer accepted by Arsenal during the weekend.

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