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Four of the best free transfers made by Sunderland

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There's lots of names being linked with Sunderland but they are yet to move for anyone.

Sunderland fans have had a mixed few transfer windows in recent years but have made a number of good Bosman signings.

We take a look back at the top four free signings the Black Cats have made since their return to the Premier League in 2007.

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Seb Larsson

Larsson joined Sunderland in the summer of 2011 and linked up with his former manager Steve Bruce. Four years and five managers later and the midfielder is still at the club. Larsson signed a new three year deal last season and enjoyed his best campaign yet for the Wearsiders during the 2014/15 season.

The Swede is adored amongst Sunderland supporters so it was no surprise to see him pick up two Player of the Year awards. The set-piece specialist marked his Sunderland with a spectacular volley in a 1-1 draw away to Liverpool and has provided the fans with similar beauties ever since. Larsson has made a total of 161 appearances for the club and scored 14 goals.

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He is known to Sunderland fans for his tireless work ethic, assists and free-kicks.

Costel Pantilimon

What a steal this Romanian giant was for Sunderland. Pantilimon joined the club in the summer of 2014 and was originally second choice to Vito Mannone.

After an 8-0 drubbing to Southampton and a poor home performance against Arsenal Mannone was dropped to the bench and Pantilimon was given a chance. The 6ft 8 keeper continued to make a string of impressive saves and kept Sunderland in the game on a number of occasions.

Pantilimon's performance in the 1-0 win away to fierce rivals Newcastle was particularly memorable. The former City stopper was named in WhoScored.com's Team of the Season with the best save to shot ratio in the league. He made a total of 109 saves in 28 league appearances with a success rate of 78.4%.  

Bolo Zenden

The veteran played for Sunderland between 2009 and 2011. The Dutchman play 50 games for the Wearsiders and scored four goals. Zenden was club captain during his time at Sunderland in the hope that his experience would benefit his teammates.

The midfielder was best known at Sunderland for his remarkable volley in a 3-1 win at home to Tottenham and for his term dancing. In Sunderland's shock 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge, Zenden attempted to copy Asamoah Gyan's dancing celebration and became a YouTube hit.

He was offered a new contract by Steve Bruce but told the club he would retire at the end of the 2010/11 season. The midfielder was admired by Sunderland fans so the red and white faithful will be pleased to hear the news that he is no longer in contention to work with McClaren at Newcastle.

Jordi Gomez

There is somewhat of a love hate relationship between Sunderland fans with Jordi Gomez. He can be painfully slow at times but he played a pivotal role in a lot of the club's wins last season. Gomez was Sunderland's dedicated penalty taker last term and converted each one successfully.

This included a penalty in each half in a 2-1 home win to Southampton, an incredible amount of cool kept by the Spaniard. The midfielder also got an assist to Danny Graham's goal in that all important 2-0 win at Goodison Park which helped the club secure Premier League safety.

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Costel Pantilimon
Boudewijn Zenden
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