Watford sign Sunderland goalkeeper Pantilimon

Published 01/19/2016, 12:37 PM EST
Football Soccer – Sunderland v Watford – Barclays Premier League – Stadium of Light – 12/12/15 Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Ed Sykes Livepic


LONDON (Reuters) – Watford have signed goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from struggling rivals Sunderland, who have conceded more goals than any other Premier League team this season, in a three-and-a-half year deal.

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Announcing the deal on their website (www.watfordfc.com), the Hornets did not disclose terms for the 28-year-old Romanian international, although media reports have indicated he was available on a free transfer.

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Pantilimon joined Sunderland in 2014, after three seasons at Manchester City, and made 49 appearances for the club.

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He featured in 18 matches for the Black Cats this season but fell out of favour after a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea in December, with Jordan Pickford and Vito Mannone moving up the pecking order.

The Romanian had not made the matchday squad for the last three games but at Watford, he will provide competition for first choice Heurelho Gomes.

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Sunderland are 19th in the 20 team league, Watford in 12th position.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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