Sunderland have confirmed the signing of Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon on a four-year deal.

The former Manchester City stopper, who measures at an imposing 6 feet 8 inches, left the Etihad on a free transfer at the end of the season and was subsequently snapped up by Gus Poyet's side.

He featured 18 times for City last season on their way to the Premier League title, briefly usurping Joe Hart of his position as Number One, before being consigned to the bench once more. The decided not to offer a new contract to the Romania international as they allowed him to go in search of more regular football.

However, moving to Sunderland will not necessarily guarantee him a first-team spot - he will have to compete with Italian keeper Vito Mannone, who earned rave reviews last season with the Premier League strugglers.

Pantilimon told the club website: “When I left Manchester City it was important that I chose a club with good ambition and a head coach 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.”

He becomes the Black Cats' third new signing, following the additions of Billy Jones from West Brom and former Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez.

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