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Confirmed: Sunderland Sign Goalkeeper

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You seem to wait forever - literally in Ariel Ortega's case - for one Argentinian to turn up at Sunderland and then two arrive at once.

Sunderland have confirmed the signing of Argentinian goalkeeper Oscar Ustari on a short term deal. The former Championship Manager legend has signed on after leaving Spanish club Almaria.

It's not a loan deal - though it may as well be really. He has signed a permanent deal but only until the end of the season.

Ustaro has never really established himself in European football but has a decent - if not spectacular - pedigree in South America. He won the Argentinian league with Boca Juniors and was a member of Argentina's successful 2008 Olympics winning squad. He also went to the 2006 World Cup with the full squad but did not feature.

Securing the 27-year-old is not an especially eye-catching deal but it does solve the goalkeeper conundrum for Sunderland. Keiren Westwood's injury had left a bit of a precarious situation where by Vito Mannone was the only available senior goalkeeper at the club.

Ustari is expected to be on the bench for the League Cup semi final against Manchester United.