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Sunderland, Arsenal agree Mannone fee

29 June 2013 08:54

Sunderland have moved on a couple of key signings ahead of the Premier League season, agreeing to a fee for Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone.

The Wearside club have also opened talks for Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, who will reportedly cost the North-East club five million pounds.

But Mannone will definitely depart the Emirates - with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski both ahead of him, and the club chasing the services of QPR's Julio Cesar - and will fill the absence left by the departing Simon Mignolet, who joined Liverpool recently.

The former Italy Under-21 representative will compete against Kieren Westwood for the number one spot under Paolo Di Canio.

Huddlestone, 26, could have been Sunderland-bound last season, but then-manager Martin O'Neill only wanted the Englishman on loan, and knocked back the offer.

Sunderland are thought to be close to sealing a deal for the former England Under-21 player, although O'Neill's reasoning for not signing Huddlestone was concern with injury - a reason Stoke City turned down the midfielder last season.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 28 +38 69
2 28 +34 59
3 28 +24 57
4 29 +25 56
5 27 +19 52
6 27 +22 50
7 29 +21 50
8 29 +1 43
9 29 -9 36
10 27 -3 33
11 29 -12 33
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13 29 -11 32
14 28 -15 31
15 28 -14 30
16 28 -10 28
17 29 -27 27
18 29 -32 24
19 28 -13 22
20 28 -26 20

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