Black Cats close on double deal

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Sunderland have reportedly sealed the signing of goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, and are closing on South Korean striker Ji Dong-won.

The highly-rated Republic of Ireland keeper has build up a reputation as one of the best stoppers outside the Barclays Premier League, and The Coventry Telegraph is reporting that Westwood has joined the Black Cats on a free transfer.

It's a blow for cash-strapped Coventry City, who would have been hoping to cash-in on the former Carlisle United stopper after three successful years with the Sky Blues.

The report goes on to state that Steve Bruce has handed the 26-year-old a huge pay increase, with a three-year deal offered yesterday after the player passed a medical.


Reports in the Asian media claim Dong-won will follow the Irishman to the Stadium of Light, with current club Chunnam Dragons claiming the 20-year-old is on the verge of a £2.2 million deal.

"Ji Dong-won's transfer will inevitably leave a big hole in our roster. But for the sake of the player's future and for the development of Korean football, we decided to allow his move," said the club.

The player also seemed to be aware that a move to the Black Cats was on the cards, and the South Korean international told: "I had the impression that Sunderland really wanted me.

"I know there will be stiff competition for playing time, and my goal is to become the player that the team wants me to be in six months.

"I am also looking forward to playing against Ji-sung and Chung-yong, whom I both admire."

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