Tuesday 17 October 2017

Transfer watch: Westwood blow as Mannone signs up

Keiren Westwood's hopes of starting the new season as first-choice Sunderland goalkeeper are under threat after Vito Mannone completed his move from Arsenal to the Black Cats.

And the 25-year-old Italian, who joined Arsenal from Atalanta as a 17-year-old, has warned the Irish international that he hasn't moved to sit on the bench.

Having made just 26 senior appearances in eight years with the Gunners, the former Italy U-21 international wants regular football.

Mannone follows Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore into the club with the Black Cats' summer recruitment drive showing little sign of abating.

ZAYED COMES BACK 'HOME' TO ROVERS

EAMON ZAYED has put his globe-trotting days on hold by swapping Tehran for Tallaght after deciding to return home and sign for Shamrock Rovers.

After spells with Persepolis and Aluminium Hormozgan in Iran, the 29-year-old felt that his wanderlust had burned out and turned down moves to Malta and the United States.

Both Rovers – Shamrock and Sligo – spoke to the former Derry City frontman, and it was the chance to work with Hoops boss Trevor Croly that swayed his decision.

"I have had some great times and great experiences, but I just want to park it at the moment and enjoy my football again – that's key," said Zayed yesterday.

Sligo Rovers, meanwhile, have signed David McMillan from UCD.

DONE DEAL

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey sealed a £5m move to Swansea City yesterday, seeking regular game time as he looks to add to his solitary cap for England.

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of striker Dwight Gayle from Peterborough for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £4.5m.

Antonio Cassano has joined Parma from fellow Serie A side Inter Milan for an undisclosed fee.

Cassano, who has had a colourful career marked by tantrums and personality clashes, has played 35 times for Italy, scoring 10 goals.

He featured at Euro 2012 but has been left out of their World Cup qualifiers since then.

He was dropped by then Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni in March after a dressing-room row, while he is also remembered for saying at Euro 2012 that he hoped there were no homosexuals in the Italy team – a comment for which he later apologised.

LONG SHOTS

Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has once again cast doubt on his future with the 22-year-old heavily linked with Premier League side Arsenal.

RUMOUR MILL

Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc would be delighted if Uruguay international Edinson Cavani joined the French champions as they seek a defender, midfielder and striker.

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