Sunderland sign goalkeeper Keiren Westwood

Kieren Westwood playing for Coventry City.

Kieren Westwood playing for Coventry City.

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KEIREN Westwood has joined Sunderland.

The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland keeper is the Black Cats’ first signing of the summer, having travelled up to Wearside at the start of the week to undergo a routine medical before putting pen to paper on a three-year contract yesterday.

And he will be given free-rein when he links up with his new team-mates in pre-season next month to try establishing himself as a Premier League force in the months ahead.

Westwood might not be unveiled officially until the end of the month when his contract with Coventry City finally expires.

But he will be a Sunderland player next season and likely to start the opening game against Liverpool at Anfield with number one keeper Black Cats keeper Craig Gordon still sidelined by injury and impressive prospect Simon Mignolet deemed to need more experience before pushing his own claims as a number one keeper.

Full story in today’s Echo.