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Sunderland goalkeeper Mannone leaves club for Reading

Mannone has spent four seasons on Wearside

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has joined Sky Bet Championship side Reading.

The 29-year-old Italian has signed an three-year contract with the Royals.

Mannone joined Sunderland from Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and spent four seasons on Wearside.

During that time, he made a total of 80 appearances, including playing in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in 2014.

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Jermain Defoe completes 3yr deal with Bournemouth, reports Press Association

Jermain Defoe Credit: PA

Jermain Defoe has completed a move to Bournemouth on a three-year deal, according to Press Association Sport.

The 34-year-old left Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

And the England striker returns to Bournemouth, where he had a successful loan spell early in his career.

Earlier this month, while on England duty, Defoe said the move to the south coast was happening.

He scored 18 times on a season-long loan at Bournemouth from West Ham in 2000-01 and netted in 10 successive matches.

It is understood Defoe will earn around £65,000 a week.

Former West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth striker Defoe joined the Black Cats in January 2015 but was unable to halt their slide into the Championship last term despite netting 15 Premier League goals.

Preston give Simon Grayson permission to speak to Sunderland

Preston North End's manager Simon Grayson Credit: PA

Preston North End has given Simon Grayson permission to speak to Sunderland Football club in relation to their vacant managerial position.

The club has released the following statement:

"Preston North End have today been contacted by Sunderland Football Club to ask permission to speak to Simon Grayson in relation to their vacant managerial position.

Having spoken to Simon, he has asked permission to speak to the Black Cats and therefore the club had no option but to allow these conversations to take place, with a compensation package already guaranteed in his contract.

Whilst these talks are ongoing, Steve Thompson will be in charge of first team affairs.

The club will make no further comment at this stage."

– Preston North End
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