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Confirmed: Sunderland Sign Mika

Sunderland have completed the signing of Mika from Boavista.

Sunderland have finally completed the protracted signing of Portuguese goalkeeper Michael Simões Domingues (Mika) from Primeira Liga side Boavista.

Mika had been lined up to sign on transfer deadline day but a problem with FIFA's Transfer Matching System (TMS) meant that it looked like the move had fallen through but FIFA finally ruled in the club's favour earlier today - after an appeal - and the 25-year-old joins Sunderland on a two-year-deal.

As Vito Mannone recently underwent shoulder surgery, that left Jordan Pickford as our only senior goalkeeper - with Pickford himself having to withdraw from international duty this week as a precaution after picking up a slight knock. A situation that left us in a precarious position but after chasing a number of targets - notably Joe Hart if rumours in the press are to be believed - Mika was chosen as the 'keeper to come in to as cover for Pickford while Mannone is out.

Moyes spoke about the need for such cover recently;

We want to try to give Jordan the chance to show what he can do - he is another young player here - but we will definitely have to get a cover of some sort, or somebody who can challenge Jordan.

Mika appears to fit that criteria but it will be an interesting situation once Mannone returns from injury, as we will then be in a position where one of the three will have to be left out of the match day squad and it's unlike the position we were in last season - with either Pickford out on loan or Steve Harper happy to sit in the stands.

As we know very little about Mika, it seems appropriate to end on the obligatory YouTube video, a video which makes Mika seem like the second coming of Lionel Perez...

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