Watford Sign Costel Pantilimon

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Watford have signed goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from Sunderland, it is understood.

The Romanian international has signed a three-year deal and joins the Hornets for an undisclosed fee.

The shot stopper featured 49 times for Sunderland after joining the Black Cats in the summer of 2014, including 18 outings during the first half of this season.

He had previously spent three years at Manchester City, where the 6ft 8in ‘keeper played 29 times following a £3m move from Romanian side Politehnica Timişoara.

Watford Sign Costel Pantilimon

A statement on the Black Cats website said: “Sunderland AFC would like to thank Costel and wish him the very best for the future at his new club.”

Pantilimon joins Watford having slipped down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light this season, following the fine form of academy product Jordan Pickford and former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The Romanian has agreed terms and has passed a medical at Vicarage Road. He is available for selection and goes straight into the squad for the visit of Newcastle United this weekend.

Espanyol were also reported to be interested in signing him during this transfer window.

 

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Main Photo Caption: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Costel Pantilimon of Sunderland warms up prior to during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images Sport)