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New Signing Vito Mannone Heads To Holland
20 July 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading have signed Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone for two million pounds to replace the outgoing Ali Al Habsi.
The Italian goalkeeper appears to be a straight swap for Al Habsi and comes to Reading with four seasons of Premier League experience with Sunderland. Mannone also made 15 Premier League appearances for Arsenal before moving to Sunderland for 1.5 million pounds in the summer of 2013. He spent eight years at Arsenal, which included loan spells at Hull and Barnsley. He established himself as Sunderland's first choice goalkeeper in the 2013/2014 season but gradually struggled to hold down his place and last season played just 9 League games, with his last outing a 0-4 home defeat at the hands of Southampton.
After signing a three year contract with the Royals, Mannone headed straight to the airport to catch a flight to join his team mates for pre-season in Holland - where he has already been involved in training.
Meanwhile, Dominic Samuel has signed for League One Blackburn Rovers. Samuel threatened several times to break into Reading's first team, but instead found his best success out on loan at Coventry and Gillingham. As Samuel leaves, his Reading record will read as two goals from a total of 16 appearances.
Players In So Far:
- Vito Mannone (Sunderland)
- Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Wolves)
- Pelle Clement (Ajax)
Players Out So Far:
- Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers)
- Ali Al Habsi (Al-Hilal)
- Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town)
- Niall Keown (Partick Thistle)
- Zak Jules (Shrewsbury Town)
- Jack Stacey (Luton Town)
- Tariqe Fosu (Charlton Athletic)
- Craig Tanner (Motherwell)
- Sean Long (Lincoln City)
- Dominic Hyam (Coventry City)
- Aaron Kuhl (Out of contract)
- Stuart Moore (Out of contract)
- Harrison Bennett (Out of contract)
- Joe Tupper (Out of contract)
- Terence Vancooten (Out of contract)
- Jack Denton (Out of contract)
- Harry Cardwell (Out of contract)
Players Out On Loan So Far:
- Danzell Gravenberch (loan to KSV Roeselare)
- Andrija Novakovich (loan to Telstar)
- Jonathan Bond (loan to Peterborough)
- Deniss Rakels (loan to Lech Poznan)
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