Costel Pantilimon: Sunderland sign ex-Man City keeper

Sunderland have signed former Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon on a four-year contract.

The Romanian international, 27, played 18 games for the Premier League champions last season but was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.

Pantilimon is Sunderland's third signing this summer and will vie with Vito Mannone for the number one spot.

"It is a great privilege and honour to join a club like Sunderland," he said.

He joins Jordi Gomez and Billy Jones as manager Gus Poyet's free transfer acquisitions at the Premier League club.

Pantilimon added: "Sunderland have an amazing history and tradition and, of course, passionate fans.

"When I left Manchester City it was important that I chose a club with good ambition and a manager 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."