Sunderland have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Vito Mannone, as manager Paolo Di Canio seeks to strengthen the goalkeeping position after the departure of Simon Mignolet, a source told ESPN.
The move for the Italian comes after a considered search from Sunderland, with Mannone set to compete with Ireland’s Keiren Westwood for the number-one spot as Di Canio seeks to create an element of competition around the position.
Mannone, meanwhile, is eager for more regular football. He ended up falling behind both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukazs Fabianski at Arsenal, despite Arsene Wenger enduring a series of problems in the position himself. Mannone ended up only making 13 appearances for the first team last season, but did experience much more joy on two loan spells at Hull City.
Mannone's signing could signal the start of a busy transfer window for Sunderland as Di Canio reshapes the playing squad in an attempt to improve the club's fortunes next season.
Following the sale of Mignolet, Di Canio said: "I would like to assure our fans that there is a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes. Our aim is to build a competitive squad for the new season, and this deal will give us further ability to strengthen the side."