Sunderland have confirmed the signing of former Newcastle United goalkeeper, Steve Harper, on a free-transfer until the end of the season.

Haper, aged 40, has been without a club since leaving Hull City in May 2015 – joins up at the Stadium of Light as the third choice shot-stopper, behind Vito Mannone and Jordan Pickkford.

The move comes as a surprise yo many, given that Harper made 199 appearances for North-East rivals, Newcastle United, between 1993-2013.

Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce, said: “Steve will be a positive addition to our goalkeeping stable,”

“He has vast experience at the top level and that can only be beneficial to Vito and Jordan as they continue to develop.”

Costal Pantillimon, who was the Black Cats previous number one choice, was sold to Watford earlier this week, the Romanian penned an undisclosed fee at Vicarage Road.


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