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Report: Sunderland Tracking Genoa Goalkeeper

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Sunderland look to have turned to Genoa's second choice goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri in their search for back up to Vito Mannone.

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After being heavily linked with Catania's Mariano Andujar as a possible replacement for the injured Keiren Westwood, Sunderland are not putting all their eggs in one basket and have made an enquiry for Genoa's Argentinian goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri.

According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, who has a track record of being reliable concerning Sunderland stories since the new scouting system was put into place, the transfer could even be completed in the next few days. Catania, who themselves will need a replacement for the outgoing Andujar, are also interested in the 36-year-old.

Bizzarri is something of a journeyman goalkeeper and has spent the last few years as understudy to Fernando Muslera at Italian side Lazio before joining Genoa in 2013, where he has yet to make an appearance off the bench. Should Bizzarri sign for Sunderland, it would seem to be a much deserved vote of confidence in Vito Mannone, who has excelled since replacing Westwood as first choice and would allow youngster Jordan Pickford to go out on loan once again for much needed first team experience.

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